Hlanganani Gumbi MPL
DA KZN Spokesperson on Human Settlements
The ongoing high level of litigation involving KZN’s Human Settlement department, over its alleged failure to observe the law when evicting citizens of informal settlements, should be cause for alarm.
Last week’s case between Abahlali Basemjondolo and eThekwini Municipality should be a signal to MEC, Ravi Pillay that more needs to be done to ensure that housing development is not at the expense of human rights.
The MEC has a constitutional duty to ensure that evictions undertaken by his department, or municipalities acting on its behalf, observe the hard fought rights which people are entitled to. These rights include the right of appropriate being given notice, a High Court eviction order in the case where residents refuse to move and the right to temporary accommodation where citizens do not have alternative residence.
KZN’s Human Settlements department has its hands full with the massive backlog in housing in the province. It is simply unacceptable that it is constantly in and out of court defending supposedly shady acts.
The DA will not rest until all peoples rights in informal settlements are protected during evictions, and the department refocuses on it mandate of delivering house and restoring dignity for all.