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Hundreds left homeless after Jeppestown evictions

A rights institute says steps need to be taken to ensure people are accommodated at a proper location.

FILE: The building where SAPS and JMPD officers fired rubber bullets at evictees in Jeppestown. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Hundreds of people have now been left homeless after they were evicted from various buildings in Jeppestown.

On Wednesday a march to the municipal offices in protest against the evictions took a violent turn.

Foreign owned shops were looted and over 20 people were arrested and rubber bullets fired to disperse crowds.

Police and Metro Police officers fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowds.

Large groups of people living around Jeppe Station near the Maboneng Precinct refused to leave the buildings claiming they have been paying rent.

On Wednesday, a judgment by the Supreme Court of Appeal confirmed city officials must take steps to ensure occupiers are relocated to a place which is close to where they are currently living.

The Socio-economic Rights Institute of South Africa's Nomzamo Zondo says steps need to be taken to make sure the people are moved to proper location.

"This judgment stated that officials must take steps to ensure that these occupiers are relocated to accommodation which is close to where they are currently living.

"The City then tried to appeal this judgment and it's in this appeal where the court found officials must actually take steps to comply with court orders that are made in the judgment."

THEMBELIHLE

Residents of Lenasia have called for a clean-up of the Thembelihle informal settlement and surrounding areas.

Weeks of protests prevented the municipalities from collecting refuse, which has piled up, posing a health hazard.

A resident from the informal settlement told Eyewitness News they were pleading for help in resolving the situation.

"I don't know how I can relate this to anyone who's in government just to help us. Please, let Human Settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo come and address the people."

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