On Thursday, 13 June 2019, the Daily Maverick published an op-ed by SERI candidate attorney, Tshepo Skosana, which discussed the violent and unlawful nature of evictions that have been executed in Johannesburg. He outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Sheriff in executing evictions and unpacks the importance of carrying out evictions in a just and humane manner.
He writes that "facing an eviction is difficult enough; helplessly watching your life and personal belongings destroyed compounds that difficulty and is a deplorable violation of the humanity of the most vulnerable. The sheriff has a duty to uphold justice and to ensure the police and private security understand their obligations to operate lawfully in any court-ordered matter."
Read the full op-ed here.