Landmark judgment in favour of poor

18 10 2009
NIREN TOLSI | DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA –
Oct 18 2009 06:00 – Mail & Guardian

In a major legal victory for poor people’s rights to housing and shelter, the Constitutional Court this week struck down the KwaZulu-Natal Slums Act. The court upheld shackdweller movement Abahlali base Mjondolo’s (ABM) application that the Act was unconstitutional.
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AbM in Media: Shack dwellers’ victory

15 10 2009

15 Oct 2009 – The Witness
Sharlene Packree

RESIDENTS of the Kennedy Road settlement in Durban were jubilant yesterday at the ruling of the Constitutional Court that a law that would have allowed mass evictions in KwaZulu-Natal is unconstitutional. Read the rest of this entry »





Media: KZN Slums Act ruled unconstitutional

14 10 2009

October 14 2009 at 11:57AM – SAPA

The Constitutional Court ruled on Wednesday that a law that would have allowed mass evictions in KwaZulu-Natal was unconstitutional. Read the rest of this entry »





AbM HAVE WON THE CASE AGAINST THE SLUMS ACT IN THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT!

14 10 2009
Abahlali baseMjondolo Press Statement
14 October 2009 – For Immediate Release

** Click here for a copy of the Constitutional Court Judgment **

** Click here for the media summary **


We have WON the Slums Act Concourt case and we have WON it with costs.

Statement by the Most Reverend Njongonkulu Ndungane, the Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town: “This indicates that we need now is an engaged citizenry. What we’ve tended to do is to stand back and allow things to happen to us, even in our own name. What Abahlali baseMjondolo have shown us is ‘not in our name and not on our watch’“.

For comment contact from the Constitutional Court contact:

Mnikelo Ndabankulu 079 745 0653
Zodwa Nsibande 082 830 2707
Mazwi Nzimande 074 222 8601
Bongo Dlamini 074 875 6234
Shamita Naidoo 074 315 7962
Stuart Wilson (The AbM lawyer) 072 265 8633

The Judgment

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Constitutional Court to rule tomorrow on KZN elimination of slums act

13 10 2009

CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF SOUTH AFRICA
Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement SA v Premier KZN and Others
Case CCT 12/09
Date of hearing: 14 May 2009

MEDIA SUMMARY

The following explanatory note is provided to assist the media in reporting this case and is not binding on the Constitutional Court or any member of the Court.
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Phiri Water Case: Constitutional Court Fails the Poor and the Constitution

11 10 2009

PUBLIC STATEMENT
Thursday 8th October 2009

JUDGMENT SHOWS A LAZY LEGALISM AND WHOLLY BIASED AND CONTRADICTORY REASONING IN RULING THAT FREE BASIC WATER POLICY IS ‘REASONABLE’ AND PRE-PAID WATER METERS ARE ‘LAWFUL’ Read the rest of this entry »





Media: State turns against shack dwellers

11 10 2009

by Jeanne Hromnik – The Weekender
Published: 2009/10/10 09:03:17 AM

THE appellants in the Joe Slovo shack dwellers’ case against Thubelisha Homes might be forgiven for thinking the law is an idiot and an ass (and a bachelor, no doubt) after a recent ruling of the Constitutional Court. Read the rest of this entry »