Lauren Nathi Op ed Alt Accommodation

This week, the Mail and Guardian published an op-ed by SERI’s senior associate, Lauren Royston and senior attorney, Nkosinathi Sithole on the importance of the state providing temporary alternative accommodation to people who would otherwise be rendered homeless by an eviction. The op-ed concludes that:   

As much as a crisis exposes inequality, it also provides an opportunity to address the living conditions of people living in informal settlements and derelict inner-city buildings, as long as there is bureaucratic will and that the emergency interventions are made with a long-term perspective and a durable impact. Now more than ever we need to make sure that any state interventions, at whatever sphere of government, abide by the law; that no unlawful evictions occur; and that municipalities proactively plan for the provision of basic services and alternative accommodation.