On 28 July 2017, the Durban High Court granted the shackdwellers social movement, Abalhlali baseMjondolo (AbM), an interim interdict against the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality. The interdict restrains the municipality and its land invasion unit from continuing with violent and illegal evictions. In fact, the judgment interdicts the City from demolishing, burning, removing or otherwise destroying and disposing of Abahlali housing structures or threatening to do so. In addition, those whose homes have been destroyed have been given the right to rebuild them.

According to AbM, at least 241 families were unlawfully and often violently made homeless between February and July this year.