- The City of Cape Town's law enforcement officers have started evicting 21 people who have been living in tents and informal structures in Green Point.
- The group is being represented by Ndifuna Ukwazi, who is taking the matter to the Western Cape High Court.
- The City of Cape Town said it received correspondence regarding the matter and requested more information.
The City of Cape Town has been hauled over the coals after its law enforcement officers evicted 21 people living in tents and informal structures next to the Green Point Tennis Court on Monday.
According to legal rights lobby group Ndifuna Ukwazi, authorities confiscated the people's personal documents, including identity documents, driver's licences, clinic and medication cards.
Ndifuna Ukwazi's attorney, Daniellé Louw, said the eviction occurred without law enforcement officers producing a court order authorising the eviction.
"This shocking act of brutality is in direct conflict with the Constitution and the Prevention of Illegal Eviction From and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act 19 of 1998 (PIE Act), which mandates that a court order considering all relevant circumstances must be granted before an eviction can be executed, as well as a nationwide moratorium on evictions imposed in response to the deadly Covid-19 pandemic in terms of the Disaster Management Act regulations," said Louw.
Ndifuna Ukwazi said it intended applying to the Western Cape High Court for an urgent order directing the City to return the confiscated belongings.
The organisation also claimed that law enforcement officers issued R300 fines to the group, claiming they were in contravention of the City's municipal By-law relating to Streets, Public Places and the Prevention of Noise Nuisances 2007.
"The illegal eviction of occupiers from the Green Point Tennis Club is an inhumane and senseless act of brutality by the City of Cape Town. Many have suffered from evictions after losing their jobs, livelihoods and homes as a result of the economic devastation brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic," said Louw.
She said the City's actions have left the group destitute and without alternative accommodation and shows the City's lack of sustainable solutions for the homeless.
A City of Cape Town spokesperson told News24 the City received correspondence regarding the matter and had requested information on the allegations made.
"The City will assess its position once it receives the information. The City's rights remain reserved," the spokesperson said.
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