Dladla is being heard today in the Constitutional Court.
Evictees living in the Ekuthuleni shelter were locked out of their rooms during the day-time because the organisation running the shelter, Metro Evangelical Services, thought it would encourage job-seeking. The residents were also forced to live in gender segregated rooms, often seperated from their spouses or permanent life partners and children.
The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled last year that it is reasonable to limit the rights of evictees in these ways in circumstances where the state has provided them with temporary shelter.
SERI is attempting to have that decision overruled today in the Constitutional Court. Acting on behalf of former residents of 33 Saratoga Avenue, who were moved to the Ekuthuleni shelter after their eviction, SERI will argue that the house rules at the shelter infringe a number of their constitutional rights, including the right to dignity, privacy, freedom and security of the person, and access to adequate housing.