Shack dwellers win evictions battle

THE Constitutional Court ruled yesterday that a law that would have allowed mass evictions in KwaZulu-Natal was unconstitutional.

THE Constitutional Court ruled yesterday that a law that would have allowed mass evictions in KwaZulu-Natal was unconstitutional.

"I conclude that Section 16 of the Slums Act is inconsistent with the Constitution and invalid," Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke said.

"The appeal is upheld."

The Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA, an association working for the improvement of the living conditions of shack dwellers, had argued that certain provisions of the KwaZulu-Natal Elimination and Prevention of Re-Emergence of Slums Act 6 of 2007 were unconstitutional. The high court dismissed its application, causing it to appeal to the Constitutional Court.

Mbhekiseni Mavuso, general-secretary of the Rural Network, which is a member of Abahlali, welcomed the ruling. He said: "We are very delighted because this proves that the Constitutional Court does have room for poor people." - Sapa

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