Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality continues to defy ConCourt ruling

Refiloe Nt’sekhe MPL

DA Constituency Head: Kempton Park & Tembisa

The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) continues to defy a Constitutional Court ruling that requires the municipality to move residents of the N12 Highway Park community to suitable alternative land.

In December 2010, the EMM relocated residents of Bapsfontein Informal Settlement, siting dolomitic land as the reason for the relocation, and placed them on an un-serviced site along the N12 highway in Ward 24.

In 2011 the Constitutional Court ruled that the municipality had unlawfully evicted and relocated the occupiers of Bapsfontein Informal Settlement. The municipality was ordered to identify suitable land in the Bapsfontein area, consult with the community and move them as close to the original site as possible.

This was not done.

The municipality was ordered by the court in March of this year to supply a progress report no later than April indicating the progress of the relocation. To date, the municipality has failed, once again, to comply with an instruction of the court.

As the EMM continues to shirk its responsibility, people living in the N12 informal settlement continue to suffer without adequate sanitation, limited water resources and virtually no infrastructure.

The DA will request that the MEC for Local Government, Jacob Mamabolo, intervene and force the EMM to abide by not only the Constitutional Court ruling, but also its responsibility to provide quality of life to residents.