“The Cape Town municipality does not allow Communicare tenants to buy electricity, water and other municipal services directly. Tenants are forced to buy these services through profit-making subsidiaries of the supposed charity called Communicare,” Neville Petersen of the Foundation for Community Development (FCD) said.
He said the residents believe that the rental increases are a violation of their human rights.
“We invited the Human Rights Commission to tell them our story and to find out whether this is wrong. And we highlighted the human rights issue especially because we have pensioners who are affected,” he said.
In July last year, tenants from Communicare handed over 300 forms to the Rental Tribunal, objecting to the 9%-15% rent increases that were forced on them....
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