Dept may appeal Durban eviction ruling

Dept may appeal Durban eviction ruling

The KwaZulu-Natal Human Settlements Department says it might appeal the Durban High Court's decision to set aside an interim order granted in 2013, preventing land invasion of state-owned land in the city.


Shack-dwellers movement, Abahlali Basemjondolo has been fighting against what they call illegal evictions for over a year. 

The organisation has accused the department of shielding itself behind the interdict. 

MEC Ravi Pillay said in a statement that while his department respects all judgements, officials disagree with some conclusions in the recent ruling. 

Spokesperson Mbulelo Baloyi says people who invade the land will be dealt with. 

"We're going to continue to have zero tolerance for land invasion when it's done in a way that affects the way we're conducting housing delivery. We'll ensure that we comply with all the legal processes required of us to make sure that those people who illegally invade land are legally evicted," he said. 

(File photo: Benedict Ngwenya)

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