Rights group takes City of Joburg to court over cleanup incident

The rights group says it’s appearing in the Johannesburg High Court on behalf of 28 homeless people, living under a bridge in Hillbrow.

FILE: Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Lawyers for Human Rights will on Wednesday take on the City of Johannesburg in court over an alleged unlawful act.

The rights group says it is appearing in the Johannesburg High Court on behalf of 28 homeless people living under a bridge in Hillbrow.

It’s understood the group were affected by one of Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba’s cleanup operations in February.

Lawyers for Human Rights says the city, along with the Johannesburg Metro Police, confiscated the belongings of the 28 and disposed of them as rubbish.

The organisation’s Louise du Plessis says the act constitutes a violation of rights.

“The difficulty is there’s not a proper precedent on what is to be given back if somebody from the City has already destroyed the materials of the people.

“At this stage, we’re just asking the court to make some sort of order to give them back something similar to what they took.”

(Leeto M Khoza)