Martin Williams
3 minute read
14 Apr 2021
5:30 am

Bompas eviction: who bears the cost of alternative accommodation?

Martin Williams

Perhaps the owner should seek an eviction order that directs the City of Johannesburg, not the owner, to deal with temporary accommodation for occupants.

Occupants were evicted from a house on Bompas Road in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, 6 April 2021. Picture:Nigel Sibanda

  Bompas Road, Dunkeld West, made headlines last Tuesday when the Red Ants dumped dozens of displaced people and their meagre possessions on number 21’s pavement. Heavy machinery flattened some derelict structures before a gap in the high wall was sealed with a double layer of bricks. However, that didn’t keep out all evictees. By 7pm on Friday, a chunk of new brickwork had been knocked down. People who had been kicked out were back, with court permission. Human rights lawyers had persuaded the High Court in Johannesburg that the document used by the sheriff was not a valid order....