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ConCourt to rule on brick factory eviction case

The case relates to a brick factory in the Western Cape where former employees are refusing to leave the homes provided for them by the company.

FILE: The Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court will on Thursday rule whether private landlords or government should find alternative accommodation when people are evicted from private property.

The case relates to a brick factory in the Western Cape where former employees are refusing to leave the homes provided for them by the company.

The people who live on the factory farm have argued that their current residence is the only home they’ve known.

They say that it would be unconstitutional for them to be rendered homeless and that they’ll suffer great hardship if they're evicted.

But the factory says that its management tried to find alternative homes and was happy to help pay for accommodation.

They also say that the people involved made no effort in trying to find their own new homes.

The company adds that new workers can't use the housing facilities while free accommodation, electricity and water is being provided for people who don't work there anymore.

They also say that government should provide this accommodation.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)