Rights group wins major victory limiting evictions

21 August 2015 - A shack-dwellers organisation has successfully challenged a court order that’s led to hundreds of evictions over the past two years. Video: eNCA

JOHANNESBURG - A legal expert says this week's court ruling could prove costly for property owners trying to evict illegal residents.

Rights group Abahlali baseMjondolo has successfully challenged a 2013 court order which allowed the KwaZulu-Natal government to demolish illegal homes and conduct mass evictions at informal settlements.

Now, evictions will have to be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Legal Expert Pierre de Vos said, “If you are going to go to a court to try and address people who come into land, you cannot ask that court to give you an open ended sort of blank cheque not only to stop a land invasion but also to get rid of anybody that's already living on that land."

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