Cape Town group plans to re-occupy Denel land

2015-04-22 17:20
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Cape Town - A group of people that erected structures on Denel’s land in Khayelitsha, before being evicted, are planning to return.

Xolani Jack, who is leading a committee charged with the land invasion, told News24 on Wednesday there were around 200 people whose structures were taken down at the beginning of the month.

“People now do not have a place to stay. They are going to go back to the land and stay there. We are going to sit today and decide when,” he said.

Jack, who claims to be a member of the EFF "in good standing", said the political party supported land expropriation without compensation.

He said they handed over a letter to the Lingalethu police station on Wednesday warning officers “to stop harassing and shooting” at those who wanted the land, which is situated next to the Nolungile train station and is currently empty.

A lawyer representing the “occupiers” launched a counter-application at the weekend to return to the land.

On Tuesday, the Western Cape High Court ordered that the land invasion case would be heard in June.

In the meantime, the court has extended an interim order that prevents people from entering or re-entering the arm manufacturer's property.

Denel spokesperson Vuyelwa Qinga told News24 that the court had not yet determined that the group were allowed to return to the private land.

She said security was increased at the site and the perimeter fencing had been repaired.

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