Brutal bus route evictions plan takes forced removals to new heights - ANC

2015-10-28 18:01
(Photo: Cape Town Central City Improvement District.)

(Photo: Cape Town Central City Improvement District.)

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Cape Town - The City of Cape Town’s "brutal attack on poor people" takes "forced removals to new heights," the ANC said on Wednesday.

It made the accusation after council on Monday confirmed they had applied for leave to appeal the judgment and order that stops it from evicting residents and demolishing homes in South Road to make way for the Wynberg MyCiTi route.

It said the judgment - handed down by acting Judge AJ Weinkove in the Western Cape High Court two weeks ago - was unclear, leaving the council "with no choice but to appeal it".

Leader of the opposition Tony Ehrenreich said in a statement that the city was continuing "the work of their political masters in the National Party of forced removals".

"The DA does however take the forced removals to new heights as, where the National Party listened to the court rulings against forced removals, the city does not want to follow the rule of law," he said.

Weinkove ruled that the tenants had not been adequately consulted over expanding the bus service in the area.

A total of 26 families leasing their homes from the city would have been affected had the plan for the route gone ahead.

According to the ruling, a public participation process to discuss alternatives needed to be conducted should the city plan to go ahead.

But mayoral committee member for transport, Brett Herron, on Monday said the court had "ordered us to do what we have already done".

The city insists that there had been a comprehensive public participation process about the conceptual design of Phase 2A, which included the selection of routes and the alignment of roads.

This process started in October 2014 and 30 open days had been held within the affected communities, Herron said.

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