BOWMANS SECURES VICTORY IN THE COURT FOR VICTIMS OF UNLAWFUL EVICTIONS

Friday, July 28, 2017
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Acting pro bono on instruction from the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (SERI), Bowmans' Durban-based Litigation Team represented Abahlali base Mjondolo (shack dwellers movement) and 241 other applicants on 27 July 2017 in the Kwazulu-Natal Local Division of the High Court.

The team sought interim interdicts against the eThekwini Municipality following ongoing illegal evictions and demolishing of homes by the municipality in seven communities in and around the Metro.

The eThekwini Municipality was interdicted and restrained from evicting any of the 241 applicants and from demolishing, burning, removing or otherwise destroying and disposing (or threatening to do so) of the homes of the 241 applicants.  Importantly, the 241 applicants were granted permission to rebuild their homes if they had been destroyed.

It is alleged that at least 241 families were unlawfully and often violently made homeless between February and July this year by the eThekwini Municipality’s Anti Land Invasion Unit.

The interim interdicts were granted pending a decision by the court on the lawfulness of the evictions of the applicants and the destruction of their homes.

The legal team is Trudie Nichols (Partner), Berning Robertson (senior associate) and Siphosakhe Phakathi (candidate attorney).