Liberty Fighters Network (LFN) is proud to share that on Friday, 13 December 2019 a Full Court of three judges of the High Court in Johannesburg sitting as a Court of Appeal upheld our appeal against an earlier ruling to execute an eviction order against 6 families resident in a block of flats in Johannesburg while we had appealed a March 2019 ruling to the Supreme Court of Appeal granting their eviction still awaiting adjudication.
This Court of Appeal ruled that it was unjust for a judge to have authorized the eviction pending the appeal without having done an inquiry into the possible homelessness of our members and their families also taking into consideration the long periods our members have occupied the property already and that obtaining accommodation in Johannesburg is very difficult.
The other question that was raised, which LFN is busy actively addressing, is the right of an association to represent its members without using formal legal representation. The Court of Appeal has also referred the accusations of the advocate for the landowner that LFN and myself are transgressing the Legal Practice Act by purporting to be legal practitioners while we are not, to our National Prosecuting Authority for investigation which we believe will finally proof that those unfound allegations are vexatious and that we have a right to appear on behalf of our members in any Court while we don’t expect any remuneration for our services.
This was a great victory for occupiers of land being harassed by our Courts lately and finally, we can say that we are optimistic and have hope in our Courts to be fair in the future if we are just afforded an opportunity to be heard.