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Endumeni housing judgment is a warning to municipalities

GroundUp reports that a ruling by the Pietermaritzburg High Court on 9 February against the Endumeni Municipality is a warning to municipalities which do not comply with their constitutional obligations on housing.

 The Court found that the housing allocation process was irregular and corrupt and ordered the municipality to take steps to fix it and to report back to both the court and the affected residents.

The case was brought by the Endumeni Civic Association, which acts on behalf of residents in the area. It had three complaints: the municipality arbitrarily allocated houses by manipulating the housing lists; its allocation system was unclear; and its RDP housing allocation was corrupt. It accused municipal officials of impropriety, fraud and corruption.

The association said some residents’ houses were occupied by third parties. It had met municipal officials and local ward committees on several occasions without the issues being adequately addressed.

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Article: "Endumeni Housing judgement is a warning to municipalities" by Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti for GroundUp, used under CC BY - ND 4.0/ Desaturated from original

Photo: Nompendulo Ngubane for GroundUp, licenced under CC BY - ND 4.0


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