Cope MPs eviction saga continues

2009-08-20 15:11

The court battle between the Minister of Public Works and two Cope MPs is set to commence on September 8.

Ex-ANC members Dennis Bloem and Bishop Lekoba Tolo are facing eviction from their homes in the Pelican Park parliamentary village in Zeekoevlei, Cape Town, where they have lived for 15 years.

Bloem and Tolo are contesting the order to be relocated to two-bedroom units in the same village. Their current premises are both three-bedroomed.

Their homes in which they have been living with their families, have been being assigned to ANC MPs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.

The draft order heard in the Cape High Court this morning by advocate Joel Krige, instructed by the state attorney for Minister of Public Works Geoff Doidge stated, “Should the respondents and all those holding under them fail to vacate the property within seven days of the grant of the eviction order, the Sheriff of this court is hereby authorised to evict them as soon thereafter as is possible and to remove all their goods to homes numbers 87 and 85 Pelican Park, Zeekoevlei, respectively.”

Cope’s senior whip Lolo Mashiane spoke outside the court on behalf of the defendants saying all members of parliament were equal with rights to the allocation of houses and that Tolo and Bloem were being victimised.

“Cope members are being harassed. Both of them have been there since 1994, so which measures are being used here?”

She said it was inconsistent that former MPs and IFP members who lived in the park were not being evicted, and one of the houses was occupied by someone who worked at the airport.

“What are they doing there so many months after elections?” she said.

Mashiane accused the ANC of poor organisation following the April elections and said proper rules were never implemented and followed. She said the parliamentary residences were intended to house representatives of parliament by ratio and 37 houses should have been allocated for Cope representatives.

“Every member of parliament has the right to be in any Park of their choice,” she said.

Tolo and Bloem have until August 26 to file their answering affidavits, and reserve their rights to argue that the matter is not urgent.

– West Cape News


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