On 18 January 2018, Ground Up reported on a recent ground-breaking judgment in the North Gauteng High Court against Ekurhuleni municipality for the municipality's 17-year delay in building state-subsidised houses for 133 residents of the Winnie Mandela informal settlement near Tembisa. The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) represented the residents of Winnie Mandela informal settlement in the case.
In the judgment, handed down on 15 December 2017, judge Mmonoa Teffo found that Ekurhuleni had failed to provide the residents with houses that were constructed with their government-approved housing subsidies. The houses were instead occupied by other, unknown people, often as a result of corruption in the housing allocation process, which Ekurhuleni controls. This, the court found, breached the residents’ constitutional and statutory housing rights.
Ground Up hails the case as a significant victory for residents of informal settlements whose housing subsidy applications have been approved. It states that "[t]he judgment is a timely reminder that the state cannot drag its feet to provide such people with homes" and that the "failure to provide a reasonable explanation for misallocation of houses will not be tolerated by the courts".