Housing, Evictions & Local Government Planning

The LRC’s housing and planning work has three complementary legs, working to

  • create a new jurisprudence that protects the rights of the poor,
  • help those in need on a client-by-client basis, and
  • work co-operatively with government and other organizations by sharing information in the interests of the most marginalized people in South Africa.

Areas of the LRC’s work includes:

  • Giving further clarity to the South African Constitutional right of access to housing,
  • Defending residents of informal housing settlements in urban areas against unlawful evictions,
  • Securing adequate permanent housing for the homeless,
  • Seeking court orders where the government has been ordered to comply with earlier court rulings,
  • Assisting residents living in informal settlements to secure basic services,
  • Working with other civil society organizations regarding lessons learned and ongoing cases, and
  • Liaising with government officials about law reform and how to improve housing delivery.

Read the South African Constitutional Court’s historic judgment in Government of RSA and others v. Grootboom & Others regarding the South African government’s obligations related to housing.

Please watch the above video about the right to housing in the mountain village of Hogsback.