PORT Elizabeth pensioners living at Afrikaanse Christelike Vrouevereniging (ACVV) retirement homes will have to wait a little longer to hear their fate.
The residents face possible eviction from ACVV homes because they cannot afford rental hikes. The fight was taken to the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court after summonses were issued earlier this year.
Unfair practices were at the centre of the case yesterday for both parties. About 30 pensioners, with walking sticks in hand, gathered at the court but were left disappointed.
Magistrate Jay Richter said it would take time to decide on a judgment.
Joey Bence, 73, a resident at Adolph Schauder, said: "We have sleepless nights."
Johan Vlok, counsel for ACVV, argued there was no evidence to substantiate claims of unfair practice based on the Rental Housing Act.
But Yolan Meyer, representing the pensioners, said an unfair practice did exist because the rental hike was "exorbitant". Some rents were increased from R600 to R 1200.