South Africa: Housing Department Shackdweller Comments Evoke Strong Response

South Africa: Housing Department Shackdweller Comments Evoke Strong Response - Comments made by South Africa's Department of Housing after a Durban High Court Judge dismissed an application by the Abahlali baseMjondolo (shack dwellers) Movement SA to declare the KwaZulu-Natal Elimination and Prevention of Re-emergence of Slums Act 2007 unconstitutional have met with opposition from the church, academia and civil society organisations. In an article criticising Abahlali's legal representatives for portraying the legislation as 'inhumane and unconstitutional' and 'designed to allow the government to embark on irresponsible evictions of homeless people', the department said that its policy was informed by consultation with slum dwellers and stakeholders including Slum Dwellers International (SDI). SDI countered that it does not support the Slums Act, which would make it legal to evict people living in informal settlements should the government choose to do so. [AA Urbanisation]