The Constitutional Court has ruled that residents of Schubart Park in Pretoria should return to their homes. The ruling comes after the long-running court cases against the City of Tshwane for the mass eviction of residents in 2011.
The residents challenged their eviction at the North Gauteng High Court. The residents were evicted due to safety concerns in September last year. After violent protests, the City of Tshwane then moved to evict them.
Today, Justice Bless Nkabinde ruled that the removal was unlawful. "The Pretoria High Court did not constitute an order for residents eviction and residents are entitled to occupation of their homes."
The residents say they will hold a mass meeting this Sunday to map a way forward. Chairperson of the Schubart Park Residential Committee Aubrey Ramotlhale says: "As Schubart Park, we really feel and everybody will concur with us that we have been treated unfairly. We are glad, we are over the moon that at the end of the day, our constitutional rights have been protected. Everything that the city of Tshwane has done to us was against the constitution."