Winnie Mandela picOn 18 February 2021, SERI will be in the Constitutional Court representing the residents of the Winnie Mandela informal settlement in an application to seek constitutional damages for ongoing breach of their constitutional rights of access to adequate housing. 

Over three years ago, the High Court ordered Ekurhuleni Municipality to build houses for 133 informal settlement residents whose subsidised RDP units had been stolen from them. The residents have decided to sue the Ekurhuleni Municipality for constitutional damages, after the municipality missed a court-ordered deadline to replace the residents’ stolen houses. SERI has taken a decision by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) not to award constitutional damages to the Constitutional Court and is seeking R5,000 per resident for every month that the municipality failed to provide them with the houses from 30 June 2019. 

  • Read more about the case and access all the papers here.
  • Read article in IOL on the case here.