- A community of 134 residents in Tembisa is headed to the Constitutional Court for a monthly payment
- The residents previously won a court order for the Ekurhuleni Municipality to provide them with houses and land
- This has still not happened and now the residents are demanding a monthly payment of R5 000 for rent
134 residents at the Tembisa informal community are on heading to the Constitutional Court demanding a monthly payment of R5 000 each from the government. According to a recent report, the R5 000 is for 'constitutional damages for housing failure'.
The monthly payment will enable the 134 residents to afford rent in Tembisa. The residents won a court order in 2017 with Judge Mmonoa Teffo which directed the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality to provide them with land and houses by 31 December 2018.
The date was then extended to 30 June 2019. Two years later and the municipality has still not fulfilled the court orders.
IOL reported that a public interest law centre is now helping the residents claim R5 000 from the Ekurhuleni Municipality for every month that Judge Teffo's order has gone unfulfilled. The ConCourt bid they are seeking is to have a ruling by North Gauteng High Court Judge Annali Basson set aside.
The report stated that the judge had dismissed the claim for constitutional damages. The Ekurhuleni Municipality has said that it will oppose the application as an agreement had been reached with the residents on temporary housing.
In other news about ConCourt matters, Briefly.co.za reported that former president Jacob Zuma defied a ConCourt order to attend the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture. Zuma said he would no longer cooperate with the Zondo Commission as long as Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is still its chair.
Social media users have shared mixed thoughts on Zuma's stance. Check out some of their comments below:
"What President Jacob Zuma is essentially saying is that: 1- The courts now fight factional battles. 2- I’m not scared of you guys. 3- I’ve been arrested many times, so dala what you must. 4- I will not succumb."
"Wow, but I thought he was waiting for his day in court. I know the commission is not the court. Also, he has been saying he will come out and tell the truth. Why doesn’t he come out with the truth and expose whoever is wrong or must be held accountable."
"How many times has JZ turned to the CC as part of his Stalingrad strategy, and NOW he believes they are politicised? I don't recall any new members joining since his last appointed judge..."
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