Joburg leaving evictees in the cold

2014-06-13 09:07

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Johannesburg - The City of Johannesburg has come under fire this week for not providing alternative accommodation for evictees of six inner city buildings.

On Tuesday, more than 1 000 people issued an application to the South Gauteng High Court requesting the court to declare that the City had failed in its constitutional obligations: to provide temporary accommodation to poor people facing eviction.

Nomzamo Zondo, an attorney at Seri-SA told the Mail & Guardian, said most of the evictees are already staying in bad conditions.

Zondo quoted the City as saying it had nine buildings but couldn’t accommodate the evictees because it is too expensive to renovate them for temporary accommodation.

The situation in Johannesburg comes just over a week after the City of Cape Town hit the headlines when hundreds of people were forcibly removed from land in Lwandle near Strand.

More than 800 families living on SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) land next to the N2 highway were evicted on Monday and Tuesday last week because of an interim court order, Sapa reports.

Their shacks were demolished and set alight. Many lost their personal possessions and were left with nothing but the clothes they were wearing.

The City of Cape Town announced on Wednesday this week that a new housing development project is being planned to accommodate the evicted Lwandle families and others from surrounding areas.

Some are currently living in Blackheath, a move that was met with anger from local residents.
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