The KZN High Court (Durban) has granted an order against the provincial Department of Social Development and the eThekwini Municipality after the electricity for the Enduduzweni Centre for the Disabled in Umlazi was disconnected. GroundUp says the centre had been without electricity for two weeks, with residents using fire to prepare meals.

They say their training stipends from the department have also been terminated.

With support from Abahlali BaseMjondolo and the Right to Know Campaign, the residents approached the Legal Resources Centre (LRC) for help in getting the eThekwini Municipality to reconnect electricity.

The LRC's Thabiso Mbhense says the disconnection of power was another 'eviction tactic', after about 40 of the residents in the centre were given retrenchment notices on 11 October.

The department says the centre was established as a training centre for people with disability to produce cane furniture, but this is no longer in operation. Mbhense says after the municipality and the Department of Social Justice had been served with the court order, the electricity was reconnected on Monday.

The LRC then withdrew the case and filed a new application to address the termination of the residents' stipends.

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