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Press alert: Res­i­dent group to chal­lenge hous­ing allo­ca­tions in Endu­meni

 

For imme­di­ate release: 24 Octo­ber 2017

 

On Mon­day, 30 Octo­ber 2017, the Legal Resources Cen­tre will be in Pieter­mar­itzburg High Court rep­re­sent­ing the Endu­meni Civic Asso­ci­a­tion. The Asso­ci­a­tion has brought an appli­ca­tion against the Endu­meni Local Munic­i­pal­ity and the MEC for Human Set­tle­ments (KZN) chal­leng­ing the arbi­trary appli­ca­tion and manip­u­la­tion of the Recon­struc­tion and Devel­op­ment Pro­gramme (RDP) hous­ing wait­ing lists, unclear RDP hous­ing allo­ca­tion sys­tems and poli­cies, and the alleged cor­rupt allo­ca­tion of RDP houses to hous­ing appli­cants.

 

The Endu­meni Civic Asso­ci­a­tion rep­re­sents 294 RDP hous­ing appli­cants who are resid­ing within the juris­dic­tion of the Endu­meni Local Munic­i­pal­ity.

 

Those rep­re­sented by the Endu­meni Civic Asso­ci­a­tion are the most needy and vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents of the Munic­i­pal­ity. Some of them are not well-informed about their prospects of hav­ing decent shel­ter over their heads. Some have been allo­cated houses ahead of oth­ers on the list. 

 

The exec­u­tive mem­bers of Endu­meni Civic Asso­ci­a­tion want to see dig­nity restored to those who are still wait­ing for houses and those robbed of their houses through cor­rup­tion. If the sit­u­a­tion is not resolved, the ten­sions between peo­ple who have been allo­cated houses that were not sup­posed to have been allo­cated to them, and the peo­ple who were sup­posed to have been allo­cated houses, will increase.

 

This case raises a num­ber of cru­cial issues that need to be addressed by the Pieter­mar­itzburg High Court. In brief, the court will have to eval­u­ate the con­duct of the Endu­meni Local Munic­i­pal­ity, in terms of its actions with regard­ing to the allo­ca­tion of hous­ing, against rel­e­vant prin­ci­ples enshrined in the Con­sti­tu­tion; includ­ing rea­son­able­ness, good gov­er­nance, jus­tice and equity, impar­tial­ity, fair­ness and equi­tabil­ity.

 

The LRC is aware of alle­ga­tions made of sim­i­lar prob­lems expe­ri­enced by RDP hous­ing appli­cants in other areas of South Africa.

 

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