KZN families rendered homeless despite moratorium on evictions - Abahlali
The Department of Justice says it will look into complaints by the Abahlali baseMjondolo (Shack Dwellers) Movement following ongoing evictions in eThekwini which go against the current moratorium on evictions.
A special government gazette pronouncing the coronavirus lockdown regulations states that evictions will be suspended for the remainder of the 21-day period.
Despite the new regulations, Abahlali baseMjondolo president Sibusiso Zikode says on Friday, the eThekwini municipality's land invasion unit and Calvin Security went on to evict communities in the Ekuphumeleleni settlement in Mariannhil.
Not only on Friday, on Sunday, they returned despite the warning that we have made and despite the letter our legal team has written to eThekwini to say look there is this moratorium on evictions, why would you go against the law? They have been a law unto themselves.Sibusiso Zikode, President - Abahlali baseMjondolo (Shack Dwellers) Movement
The families have been rendered homeless because they have nowhere to go, they have been trying to rebuild. They are very vulnerable at this point in time, even the material that they use to build has been damaged by the security....Sibusiso Zikode, President - Abahlali baseMjondolo (Shack Dwellers) Movement
Having heard Zikode's plea for assistance, Department of Justice spokesperson Crispin Phiri agrees that regulations are being flouted.
It is quite disappointing to hear that an agent of state is actually flouting these regulations, more importantly is not assisting in the fight against corona. I think that should be the first instance - as to how do state agencies assist in limiting movement in this period....Crispin Phiri, Spokesperson - Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services
Can I just undertake to the office of the minister, interact with the municipality concerned and understand what has gone wrong there and how it can be remedied.Crispin Phiri, Spokesperson - Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services
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