In December 2018, SERI launched a case in the Gauteng High Court to hold Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba, City Manager Ndivhoniswani Lukhwareni and Director of Housing Thabo Maisela individually responsible for providing alternative accommodation for the Ingelosi residents. 

This followed a ruling by the Gauteng High Court in April 2018 that the City should provide alternative accommodation close to Ingelosi House by the end of October 2018. The City has not provided accommodation to date.

The article quotes SERI senior attorney, Thulani Nkosi who notes, “[t]here’s nothing that makes someone act like a threat of imprisonment … this is a last resort and we are prepared to see it through. In other words, if it means that we’ve got to send the mayor to prison, that’s what we intend doing,”