Court rules in favour of Joburg residents

2011-04-19 20:50

Johannesburg - The South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg on Tuesday ruled that the City must provide water and sanitation facilities to residents living next to a Pikitup waste depot in Roodepoort, the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of SA (Seri) said.

The court said it was a housing emergency that needed to be addressed, the institute said in a statement.

The court ordered that proper water and sanitation facilities be provided to the Marie Louise informal settlement by May 13 and that their shelter be improved by July 15.

"This order will provide badly needed relief to my clients. The emergency housing situation on the property is particularly acute," said attorney Teboho Mosikili.

"Once again, the ineptness of the City's approach to the poor and the desperate has been exposed."

The court criticised the city for being slow in implementing its constitutional obligations to address housing needs.

Seri was acting on behalf of the community in court.

The residents moved to the land owned by Rand Leases Properties, adjacent to the dumping site, from which they salvaged waste material to make a living.

This after Pikitup had evicted them.

The court ordered that the residents remain on Rand Lease's property with access to water, improved shelter and sanitation for a period of 18 months.

During this time, it ordered that the City consult with residents and identify suitable land to accommodate them in the longer term.

The court further ruled that the City report back in six months on progress made.

  • frozenpeas - 2011-04-20 08:05

    And it must be some political party sabotaging the ANC in providing services to these people or is it cheap politics that now they will provide basic services that it should have provided to buy votes!! I am not voting for any party

  • DW - 2011-04-20 10:56

    And the City Council in question is run by the ANC. They try to tell everyone that they are the only party who cares for the poor and provide them with basic necessities. Why do the ANC supporters not look at the places where the ANC governs to see that the poor people are not only victims in DA run Cape Town?

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