Parties in Hangberg eviction saga talk mediation

2010-11-29 11:23

The parties in the Hangberg eviction saga are talking to each other about the possibility of mediation, a spokeswoman for the City of Cape Town said today.

The matter was scheduled to appear on the Cape High Court roll again today.

However, Kylie Hatton, speaking for the city, said the parties had agreed to hold back another court appearance while they talked on the possibility of a mediated settlement.

“But the court remains an option for us if we don’t succeed,” she said.

The city is seeking the removal of 50 shacks it says are built on a firebreak on the mountain side above the Hangberg settlement at Hout Bay.

In September police faced a barrage of rocks and petrol bombs when council workers demolished a number of unoccupied shacks in the area.

Some of the shacks are on Sanparks land – the Table Mountain National Park – and some on council land.

Sanparks, originally the first applicant in the eviction application, is now a respondent, along with the shack-dwellers.

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