n South African Journal on Human Rights - Demolishing development at Gabon informal settlement : public interest litigation beyond Modderklip? : current developments / case notes

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-7203



This article examines recent developments at the Gabon informal settlement (Gabon), situated in Daveyton township, Benoni in the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, where in May 2010 over 300 families had their shacks illegally demolished by the municipality and Metro police. Gabon is the site of the case, which began with eviction proceedings by a private owner for residents unlawfully occupying his land, and ended with the Constitutional Court making a declaratory order entitling the owner to compensation in respect of the occupied land, and allowing the residents to occupy the land until an alternative was provided by the state.

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