The eThekwini Municipal Manager and
Head of the Land Invasions Unit were ordered to appear in the Durban High Court
to explain why they shouldn’t be imprisoned for contempt of court.
This is after last week Abahlali
baseMjondolo and residents of Cato crest informal settlement approached the
Durban High Court for a third time to prevent the eThekwini Municpality from
illegally destroying their homes.
Researcher at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa Kate
the residents were forced to return to
court after the municipality continued to illegally evict residents of Cato
Crest last week, despite the order which interdicted and restrained the
municipality from evicting residents or demolishing their structures without a
order further directed the municipality to construct temporary habitable
dwellings that afford shelter, privacy and amenities at least equivalent to
those destroyed, and which are capable of being dismantled, at the site at
which their previous informal housing structures were demolished to the
residents whose shacks were demolished on 1 and 2 September and this has not
been done,” added Tissington.
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