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Court withdraws eviction order against Jeppestown residents

The court heard how the City of JHB had not been contacted to supply alternative accommodation.

FILE: A building in Jeppestown. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg High Court has rescinded an eviction order against more than 450 men, women and children living in Jeppestown in the CBD.

Yesterday, the court found the residents were not given adequate notice of an eviction hearing.

The notice directed them to appear in court in February 2015 but they were only served in March, meaning none of the residents attended the hearing.

The court also heard how the eviction would leave the residents homeless as the city of Johannesburg had not been contacted to supply alternative accommodation.

The socio-economic rights institute of South Africa's Nomzamo Zondo said, "It means they will be safe from an eviction and they can start preparing for their lives without fear that one day they might come home and have their possessions on the street and live on the street."