South Africa: Kicked to the Curb - the Threat of Eviction Under Lockdown

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Job losses and salary cuts due to lockdown regulations mean tenants across the country are struggling to pay rent. With landlords demanding their money, eviction threats are becoming the norm - even though it's largely prohibited in the regulations.

Activists in South Africa have approached the courts to fight for a moratorium on evictions during lockdown, saying throwing tenants out for non-payment of rent is unconstitutional and not a solution.

#NoEvictions is a campaign started by activist Nanandi-Simone Albers. It's a response to the rent payment and eviction crisis sweeping through the country under the current lockdown restrictions.

Under Level 5 and 4 of the lockdown, evictions were prohibited. Previously, the disaster management regulations inferred that tenants could be evicted once we reached Level 3. The latest amendment to the regulations has extended the prohibition to the end of Level 3.

The regulations state: "A competent court may grant an order for the eviction of any person from his or her land or home in terms of the provisions of the Extension of Security of Tenure Act 62 of 1997 and the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act 19 of 1998: Provided that an order...

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