Press Release: Enduduzweni Centre Residents have services restored
Published by Legal Resources Centre 28 November 2018
Enduduzweni Centre Residents have services restored
For Immediate Release: 28 November 2018
On the 27 November 2018, the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) was in Court representing Enduduzweni Centre residents. The LRC has successfully managed to challenge the action of Department of Social Development and eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality for cutting-off electricity supply from the Enduduzweni Centre. The electricity supply was restored last night.
On 22 October 2018, the electricity supply to the Centre was cut-off for no reason by the officials from the municipality.
On 23 October 2018, the Department of Social Development Chief Director, Ayanda Mbatha/Shandu and Director, Nombulelo Mhlongo came to the Centre and informed the residents that the electricity was cut-off due to the poor conditions of the Centre’s electrical wiring.
The residents of Enduduzweni are all living with disabilities. Most of them are totally blind and some are partially blind.
Some of the residents have been living at the Centre since 1984. According to them there has been for all these years an uninterrupted supply of electricity to the Centre.
The residents are of the view that the disconnection of the electricity was a continuation of the harassment that is being waged against the old, defenceless and disabled people by the Department of Social Development in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Resident have said this because the MEC for Social Development in Kwa-Zulu Natal brought urgent proceedings in February 2017 under case number 2116/17 in the Durban High Court for their eviction from the Centre supposedly on the ground that the premises were not habitable.
Those proceedings were opposed and the MEC has taken no steps since to further prosecute the matter. Now, the Department has attempted to constructively evict the residents by having their electricity cut-off. The Legal Resources Centre welcomes the restoration of the Enduduzweni Centre electricity supply and believes firmly in the protection of basic services for this any other communities, particularly in regards to those that the Dept. of Social Development is mandated to serve.