Solidarity: Order won to prevent harassment - Tenants take landlord to court

17 06 2008
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Irene Kuppan
Source: Daily News

THREE Motala Heights residents, who descri-bed their landlord as a “something of a dictator” who has “sown fear and terror” in the area, have successfully gone to court to protect themselves from harassment by the landlord’s relatives or employees.

The residents - James Pillay, Gonum Pillay and Mallie Govender - were granted an interim order preventing Ricky Govender from instructing his employees or relatives from threatening or assaulting them.

The order, which was granted by Durban High Court Judge Gregory Kruger on Friday, also prevents Govender’s relatives and employees from trespassing on the property on which the residents live. Read the rest of this entry »

Constitutional court faces another Hlophe minefield

17 06 2008
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Karyn Maughan
June 17 2008 at 06:10AM
Source: IOL

The Constitutional Court has been hit with another headache.
On Monday nearly all the justices from South Africa’s highest court spent hours in an extraordinary meeting, debating how to back up their explosive complaint against Cape Judge President John Hlophe.

Now it has emerged that those same justices will have to consider overturning or confirming Judge Hlophe’s order to evict thousands of Western Cape squatters.

The urgent and politically charged appeal against Judge Hlophe’s ruling, brought on behalf of thousands of Joe Slovo squatters, is scheduled to be heard on August 21. Read the rest of this entry »