Schubart Park residents must wait

2012-10-10 21:08
Metro police officers evict people from Schubart Park. (Picture: Sapa)

Metro police officers evict people from Schubart Park. (Picture: Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Evicted residents of the Schubart Park flats in Pretoria must wait for Constitutional Court-mandated consultations to be completed before returning home, the city's mayor said on Wednesday.

All the directives of the court - such as meaningful consultation - had to take place first, Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said in a statement.

The residents and municipality have to report back to the Constitutional Court by 30 November. The municipality has until 31 January to provide the Constitutional Court with a plan on the restoration of the Schubart Park complex.

The municipality said it was looking forward to working with the residents of Schubart Park, after a year spent fighting them in court.

The city had set aside six weeks to engage in "meaningful consultation" with the residents to help them re-occupy their homes or find alternative accommodation as mandated by the Constitutional Court judgment, which was handed down this week.

The municipality welcomed the ruling, and said it was in line with Tshwane's plans to deal with the residents.

"It is good news for us to see that the Constitutional Court came to the same conclusion that we were aiming at, that of restoring the dignity of the residents and their occupational rights," Ramokgopa said.

The municipality said it had already identified residents who had been evacuated and was ready to give them "secure and proper housing".

On Tuesday, the court ordered the City of Tshwane and the residents to "engage meaningfully with one another and to report to the high court on their progress".

"It is now more than a year after the residents were removed from their homes. Finding out who they were, where they are, and what they still need to re-occupy their homes will require co-operation between them and the city," part of the judgment read.

"The residents are entitled to the occupation of their homes as soon as is reasonably possible."

The metro municipality was ordered to pay the residents' costs in the high court (for earlier litigation processes) and in the Constitutional Court.

The court set aside earlier orders of the high court, made in September 2011, and of the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Following the September evictions, the residents unsuccessfully approached the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria seeking an urgent court order against the City of Tshwane. The order would have allowed them to re-occupy the complex.

The high court dismissed their application, but ordered the municipality to offer alternative accommodation.

The residents then sought leave to appeal against the decision and the judgment of the high court. The high court and Supreme Court of Appeal refused the applicants leave to appeal the judgment.

On Tuesday, the Constitutional Court upheld their appeal.

The municipality had argued that the complex was an unsafe living environment, an opinion based on expert advice.

- SAPA
Read more on:    housing
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
6 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!
This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!
This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be emotionally defensive or reserved today. You need to step up today as there may be extra responsibilities to deal with....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.