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Daily News: ConCourt hands victory to evicted 390

ConCourt hands victory to evicted 390

Nolene Barbeau

Durban – Shack dwellers in Lamontville, south of Durban, whose homes were allegedly demolished by the eThekwini Municipality a total of 24 times after being rebuilt, may finally have their day in court after a series of setbacks.

On Friday the Constitutional Court granted the 390 appellants leave to intervene in court proceedings initiated by the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for human settlements and public works. Residents of the Madlala village in Lamontville had gone all the way to the highest court after the Durban High Court initially ruled against their application.

In March last year, KZN Human Settlements MEC Ravi Pillay was granted an interim order that allowed the council to demolish structures and evict people who occupy or attempt to invade land earmarked for 37 provincial low-cost housing projects in Lamontville.

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