Temporary accomodation rules 'unconstitutional'

The judgment was handed down by the South Gauteng High Court in Johannesburg.

The High Court in Johannesburg has found that rules imposed on residents in temporary accommodation provided by the city are unfair and unconstitutional. Picture: Rsc Inc.

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court in Johannesburg has found that rules imposed on residents in temporary accommodation provided by the city are unfair and unconstitutional.

Residents were told they were not allowed to be in the accommodation during the day and had to return home before 8pm.

They've been living in the shelter since being evicted from privately-owned land in 2011.

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa's head of litigation Nomzamo Zondo says these rules separated families.

"You would have to sleep separately in designated dormitories for men and women, regardless of whether you are married, cohabiting or have children."