The Ekurhuleni Housing Company (EHCO), an entity of the City of Ekurhuleni, effected evictions of three tenants from municipal-owned housing units in compliance with eviction court warrant granted by the Magistrate Court.
The court initially granted an order for the tenants to settle their arrears with the EHCO in 2017 which they failed to comply with. In October 2020 the EHCO in an effort to recover the outstanding monies returned for intervention.
Although the warrant to execute the evictions was granted in October 2020, it could not be effected due to COVID-19 Regulations, which prevented evictions from being implemented. However, with the country now being on lockdown level 1, the court in September granted EHCO the go ahead to carry-out the evictions.
The company has been embroiled in a long standing process to recover rental arrears from a total of 30 defaulting tenants. The remaining 27 tenants have not yet been evicted because their matters are still before court.
The Chief Executive Officer of EHCO, Bongani Molefe, has emphasised that without the revenue generated from the rental of these units, the Housing Company is unable to maintain the city’s social housing stock.
Molefe was at pain to explain that the rental arrear incurred by the company have now escalated to abut R67 million.
EHCO wishes to clarify that the current evictions are not politically driven, but they are a mere administrative process carried out by the Ekurhuleni Housing Company in order to ensure a better quality of life for beneficiaries.
“What is unfolding now is part of the company’s normal credit control process to ensure that the company remains afloat but at the same is able to maintain its infrastructure and properties to the benefit of the end user,” Molefe explained.
The Housing Company holds the City’s rental housing portfolio which includes newly built stock and already existing properties.