District Six evictions ordered by court

2013-06-18 11:06
Graffiti adorns a wall in District Six. (File, Sapa)

Graffiti adorns a wall in District Six. (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - The Western Cape High Court has granted an interim order to evict a group of illegal occupants in District Six, Cape Town, the rural development and land reform department said on Tuesday.

"The group, who claimed to be original land claimants of the District Six land, forcefully moved into the houses and illegally occupied fifteen houses late on Saturday 15 June 2013," spokesperson Vuyani Nkasayi said in a statement.

"The department then tried to negotiate with this group but they refused to leave the premises, which then left the department with no option but to approach the court for an urgent eviction order."

The interim order was granted on Monday.

The illegal occupants had until 10:00 on Tuesday to vacate the premises. If they did not they would be evicted through the sheriff of the court, Nkasayi said.

The matter would be heard again on Thursday for a final order. The department and the illegal occupants would present their cases.

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