New_Frame_Mag_court_YE_NS.jpgOn 1 April 2022, New Frame published an op-ed by SERI's Nerishka Singh and Yvonne Erasmus entitled, Joburg court flouts right to housingThe op-ed discusses the findings of SERI's new research report from the Evictions Research Series, Just and Equitable?, entitled An analysis of eviction cases in the Johannesburg Central Magistrate’s Court and their compliance with the law. The research on the Johannesburg magistrate’s court shows that the way in which residential evictions are adjudicated is not just and equitable because the court has not been adequately implementing evictions law.  

Singh and Erasmus write: 

"The findings reveal that in many cases eviction orders are granted in a manner not compliant with the PIE Act. The most pressing departure from the legislation is the requirement of placing the personal circumstances before the court. Without this, it would be impossible to understand what chance there may be of coming to a solution that would not result in eviction. Essentially, personal circumstances empower the court to make an order, even granting an eviction, in a manner that protects the basic human dignity of the people being evicted from their home." 

 

  • Read the full op-ed here.
  • Download An analysis of eviction cases in the Johannesburg Central Magistrate’s Court and their compliance with the law here.