Evictions, a serious threat under lockdown
Two students who were residing at the City Life rental property by Smith Street, have been forced to move out of their private residence.
Anele Mtshali (23) and Nokuthula Blose (22), who were sharing a rental flat had to move out of their rental residence as their parents could not afford to pay rental expenses as both parents, who are single mothers, have been laid off work because of lockdown.
“I have never been so stressed in my life, being forced to move out of a place that is like home away from home is the worst feeling in the world, but I have no choice because my mother cannot afford to pay rent anymore,” said Mtshali.
First year Unisa student, Nokuthula Blose said that her and her mother lost their job at the beginning of the lockdown and things have been extremely difficult back home and has been having financial problems. She knew eventually she would have to move out.
“Ever since the lockdown and when me and my mom lost our jobs, we have been having issues with paying our monthly expenses such as our rent and clothing. I knew I was going to have to move out at some point, but it still hurts very much,” said Blose.
The pair says their applications for the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), were rejected.
During lockdown the government announced that evictions are illegal unless the court specifically orders that it is just and equitable for the eviction to be carried out then and there, law enforcement cannot physically remove you from your home.
Should you be affected by the pandemic which has forced you to be evicted, contact Rent Strike South Africa, via Facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.