Marikana residents have a week to respond to High Court order

2016-04-20 13:45
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Mahikeng - People illegally occupying government-issued houses in the Marikana area have one week to tell the North West High Court why they should not be evicted.

Following an urgent application by the Rustenburg municipality, the court issued an interim eviction order in February against all illegal occupants of incomplete houses in Marikana Extension 2, provincial human settlements department spokesperson Ben Bole said on Wednesday.

"Occupants of the houses in Marikana have until next week Thursday, 28 April, to inform the court why they must not be evicted from the houses that they have been illegally occupying since early this year."

The department's acting MEC, Fenny Gaolaolwe, appealed to the occupants to respect the court's decision.

Premier Supra Mahumapelo recently said they would not allow lawlessness to prevail in Marikana.

Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) believed it was a political move to punish opposition party members.

"If our members get evicted from the houses we are not going to sit and watch. We are going to defend them. Premier Mahumapelo said this because he knows the majority of people around Marikana happen to be EFF members," the party’s provincial chairperson. Betty Diale, said.

Earlier this year, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu handed the R700m housing project to some of its beneficiaries.

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