Settlers granted fifth court order

2013-09-17 00:00

RESIDENTS of the Cato Crest informal settlement were granted a fifth court interdict yesterday to prevent the eThekwini Municipality from demolishing their shacks.

Members of Abahlali baseMjondolo caused chaos in central Durban when they blocked Dr Pixley ka Seme (West) Street, demanding government give them “proper houses in their lifetime”.

While members were protesting, some of their leaders were in the Durban high court to apply for a fifth order.

Abahlali spokesperson Mnikelo Ndabankulu said they had to run to court while the protest was in progress. “We were granted the court order. The court said we must go meet with the municipality lawyers and our legal team to show our sites in Cato Crest. But that does not mean we will stop taking the city manager to court,” he said.

Ndabankulu said returning to court was the only option.

Last week municipal manager Sbu Sithole and head of the land invasions unit Harvey Mzimela filed opposing affidavits to avoid being found in contempt of court.

Municipal spokesperson Thabo Mofokeng has insisted the city never touched the shacks protected by the court orders. He said some people were abusing the situation by erecting more shacks in the area.

The court had ordered the council to construct “temporary habitable dwellings that afford shelter, privacy and amenities at least equivalent to those destroyed” for the residents whose shacks were demolished early this month.

Protestors yesterday handed over their memorandum to representatives from the municipality, Human Settlements and Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal at the Durban City Hall.

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