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Once Evicted RDP Knysna Dwellers Human Rights Restored

ByStaff Reporter

Sep 28, 2021

Qolweni Knysna RDP dwellers who were illegally evicted for four months are hoping that the court will rule in their favour this afternoon.

Nkosinathi Mabukane (34) is one of ward 4 mob eviction victims who are happy to have finally been granted permission to occupy their homes again.

The four families were unceremoniously evicted by angry Qolweni informal settlement community members in July on the very same day human settlement officials handed them keys as the rightful owners.

Disgruntled Qolweni community members accused Mabukane and other beneficiaries of being preferential treatment over those who have been on RDP houses waiting for a long time.

In an exclusive interview with JHR, Mabukane revealed that he can’t wait for the housing tension to be resolved.

While explaining how and why he was evicted, Mabukane said

‘’I was not around when they were planning to break in and occupied my house. On my way back home, someone told me that there was a plan to evict me.

Indeed when I got to my house I saw people carrying furniture and suitcases inside my house. To my surprise, I also saw ward committee members assisting them to break in.  When I enquired from the ward committee members what was going on. I was told the house is not mine” said Mabukane

According to Mabukane, local police and housing were alerted about the situation. That is how the case was opened.

In my view, what community members were illegal on many fronts.

First of all, I am the legal occupant of the house. Secondly, according to recently amended regulations, it is illegal for anyone or entity to evict people during the lockdown.

For crying out loud, even the South African Human Rights Final Evictions Educational Booklet clearly states that ‘no one may be evicted from their home or have their home demolished without an order of court made after considering all relevant circumstances. No legislation may permit arbitrary eviction.’’

It was on those bases that Mabukane’s court ended up in court which ruled in his favour. Mabukane hopes the community will respect the court order and allow him to leave in his house in peace.

“I am very happy with the court outcome. This whole situation was really frustrating.

Knowing that was and still am the rightful owner of this house and having other people questioning the legitimacy of that used to really frustrate me.”

That made me realize that most people in this area really do not wish me well. Even though I am happy about the court verdict, I honestly don’t know if those who wanted me out of the house will respect that.

Mabukane wishes that all South Africans can familiarize themselves with the housing session of the South African constitution. According to the 34-year-old, section 26 of the South African constitution is very clear that everyone has a right to have access to adequate housing.

The right to adequate housing is an important basic human right that is recognized in the constitution and international human rights instruments.

This Covid 19 awareness article was produced with the Journalists for Human Rights support.

By Siphokazi Mnyobe

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