SEE | City of Cape Town evicts homeless in Green Point

accreditation
0:00
play article
Subscribers can listen to this article
City of Cape Town law enforcement officers conducting the eviction of 21 people at the Green Point Tennis Court on 23 August 2021.
City of Cape Town law enforcement officers conducting the eviction of 21 people at the Green Point Tennis Court on 23 August 2021.
Annie Kirke
  • 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.

City of Cape Town law enforcement officers conducting the eviction of 21 people at the Green Point Tennis Court on 23 August 2021.

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.

READ | City of Cape Town strikes deal with Woodstock Hospital occupiers

"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.

READ HERE | Why tension over homeless people is reaching boiling point in Sea Point

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.


Never miss a story. Choose from our range of newsletters to get the news you want delivered straight to your inbox.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
Gauteng DA leader Solly Msimanga says the party's voters want it to explore conditional coalition talks with the ANC. 
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
It's a step in the right direction. An ANC-DA coalition would be the most stable option for SA
32% - 3839 votes
The DA should focus on working with all opposition parties, including the EFF, to unseat the ANC
15% - 1715 votes
The DA should rather remain in opposition than form a coalition with the ANC or the EFF
53% - 6271 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.28
-1.6%
Rand - Pound
20.86
-2.7%
Rand - Euro
18.02
-2.7%
Rand - Aus dollar
11.75
-3.4%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-2.4%
Gold
1,769.59
+1.1%
Silver
22.18
+4.3%
Palladium
1,890.69
+2.7%
Platinum
1,041.50
+3.5%
Brent Crude
83.03
-0.2%
Top 40
68,564
+2.6%
All Share
74,828
+2.3%
Resource 10
73,434
+2.8%
Industrial 25
90,489
+2.7%
Financial 15
16,396
+1.7%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE