Joe Slovo Park residents hopeful service delivery will improve

A High Court ruled that the City of Johannesburg breached the Constitution by failing to upgrade the area.

FILE: Hundreds of residents from the Slovo Park were left homeless after the fire razed 400 shacks to the ground. Picture: Emily Corke/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Residents of Joe Slovo Park say they hope their lives will improve dramatically and services will now be rendered, after the High Court ruling that the City of Johannesburg breached the Constitution by failing to upgrade the area.

The resident's forum and Socio Economic Rights Institute approached the court claiming the city failed to implement its upgrading of informal settlements policy.

The court found that the city breached the Constitution by creating its own upgrade plan instead of implementing the policy.

It's compelled the city to implement the upgrades.

Slovo Park development forum chairperson Dan Mohali says today's judgment will usher in a better way of life.

"If we are granted an upgrade in [Joe] Slovo, it means all the services will come around including water and electricity. Services that we are also not getting are ambulances, it's a critical situation."