Invaders unflinching

2014-09-12 00:00

IT could be six weeks before a court rules on the Msunduzi Municipality’s application to evict land invaders from three sites in the city, after the invaders indicated yesterday that they would oppose the application.

Land invasions have taken place on the Otto’s Bluff road in the Woodlands area, in Northdale, at Lotus Park and on land adjacent to the Northdale Stadium.

Recently the community in Site 11 (the Otto’s Bluff road area) blockaded the road with stones, burning tyres and trees, and dug a deep trench through the road. This affected Claridge residents who could not use the road to get to the CBD and were forced to travel long distances to get to town.

The municipality has an interim interdict ordering the invaders to stop building at all three sites. This is in place while an application to evict the invaders from the land is pending.

The invaders, represented by attorney Ashok Kaloo, said yesterday they would oppose the eviction application. A group of invaders peacefully picketed outside the Pietermaritzburg high court under police guard while proceedings got under way inside yesterday.

The invaders were directed to provide the municipality with their names, surnames and identification numbers before September 19. The residents of the three sites would be joined as respondents to the application. They will have to deliver their answering affidavits before October 9.

The municipality will have to deliver replying affidavits before October 23 and file supplementary founding affidavits before September 26.

The application was then adjourned to October 29.

A resident from the Northdale Stadium site, Sethule Mchunu, said they would ensure that the communities in their areas understand the order to supply their details and that they comply.

Otto’s Bluff resident Sihle Ndlovu said the municipality was breaking the law by removing them from the area without a court order.

“The municipality is harassing us and they are taking our building material. They don’t have any court order to produce when doing that,” he said.

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