Today in the Mail & Guardian SERI's executive director, Stuart Wilson, comments on the rights of farm dwellers and the recent Constitutional Court's decision in Baron v Claytile

The Extension of Security of Tenure Act (ESTA) was adopted to protect farm dwellers. It recognises that their rights to live on commercial farmlands are precarious and seeks to promote long-term security of tenure. Evictions, if they happen, must be just, equitable and accompanied by the provision of “suitable alternative accommodation”. But the Constitutional Court failed to deploy the text of the statute, and decided that "near enough is good enough".

Stuart Wilson writes that this "is seldom true for poor and vulnerable people, whose lives often depend on a delicate, geographically particularised network of jobs and social services."

  • Read the full opinion piece here.
  • Read the Constitutional Court decision in Baron v Claytile here.