City of Joburg in court bid to halt Newtown eviction

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa ordered the eviction of its building that residents have been illegally occupying.

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JOHANNESBURG - The City of Johannesburg is heading to court to stop an eviction in Newtown, where residents have accused the Red Ants of damaging their property.

Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) ordered the eviction of its building that residents have been illegally occupying.

However, the City of Johannesburg has accused the rail agency of failing to communicate that alternative accommodation was needed.

MMC for Housing Mzobanzi Ntuli said: “Now we’re waiting for the outcome to see if the interdict will be in our favour and stop those evictions. In South Africa if you evict people you’re supposed to provide alternative accommodation, that’s what we need to do.”

But Prasa’s Nana Zenani says they did communicate with the city before forcing people out.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)