THE Gauteng housing department apologised in the Constitutional Court yesterday for a three-year delay of a decision about the future of a Johannesburg informal settlement.
"There has been a delay that one cannot even try or begin to justify," said Advocate MR Madlanga, representing the local government and housing department.
Undeterred by previous legal setbacks, residents of Harry Gwala informal settlement near Wattville, Ekurhuleni, have continued their battle for basic service delivery.
After failing to convince the South Gauteng high court, they presented their case to the Constitutional Court in Braamfontein yesterday.
T he community was not prepared to settle for less than one toilet a household as a basic human right.
The council argued that the Metro can only afford one chemical toilet for every 10 households.
But the Constitutional Court judges agreed that one toilet for every 10 households was a pathetic standard, regardless of the type of toilet.