This action by Transnet could be unconstitutional as the company conceded on Friday that it will not be concerning itself with providing families with alternative accommodation, which is a constitutional requirement in terms of section 26 (3) of the country’s supreme law.
Meanwhile, children playing in filth amid a pungent smell - including derelict housing with gaping cracks and holes in the walls and floors - were starkly visible when The Star visited the community last week.
Families in the industrial suburb of Oranjehof in Springs are livid that they have been paying rent to the SOE for decades without Transnet fixing the houses, and are anxious at what will happen to them and their children once the company “ditches us on the streets”. Most of the occupants are former Transnet employees.
A community leader, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of victimisation, called Transnet “cruel” for discarding people like trash, despite families repairing the company’s houses while paying rent - without the SOE assisting in the upkeep of its homes.