Case: Tomodi and Others v City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality and Others (39022/2021)
Court: Johannesburg High Court (Gauteng Local Division)
Judge: Wilson AJ
Date of hearing: 20 August 2021
Next hearing: 7 September 2021
Last updated: 20 August 2021
Case overview: On or around Friday, 13 August, the First to Fourth Respondents dispossessed the Applicants, who are represented by Power Singh Inc., of their temporary habitable dwellings and their possessions at Albert’s Farm in Johannesburg. The Applicants are waste reclaimers, who have been living in Albert’s Farm for three to six years. On Thursday, 19 August, the Applicants instituted urgent court proceedings and, on Friday, 20 August, an urgent interim order was granted in favour of the Applicants.
The order directs the First to Fourth Respondents to return the Applicants’ possessions and, should they not be able to do so, to provide building materials, blankets, bedding, and mattresses to the Applicants by Saturday, 21 August. The order also directs the parties to meaningfully engage with each other to ensure that an equitable and dignified relationship can be developed.