SERI represents 30 market traders trading near the Mogwase Shopping Complex in Mogwase in the North West.
Transnet approached the High Court in Mafikeng seeking an order to evict the market traders alleging that they are trading on land currently owned by the Republic of South Africa which will soon be transferred and registered in its name.
SERI filed the answering affidavit on behalf of the 30 market traders. SERI argued that the property where the market traders trade does not belong to Transnet. SERI submitted that Transnet as an organ of state is bound to respect, protect, promote and fulfil the right to dignity and the right to trade of the market traders. Finally, SERI argued that the market traders have been trading on the property since 2000 despite Transnet alleging that it first became aware of the market traders in 2015.
Read more about the case here.