Fri, 25 Sep 2020

260 lockdown 'land invasions' and counting for City of Cape Town

The City's Mayco member for human settlements, Malusi Booi, said: "This is an orchestrated land invasion with threatening crowds.

"This was not an eviction but a removal of new partially built structures... These were new structures which were in the process of being constructed.

"Members of the public complained about the erection and construction of new structures which resulted in the City and police taking action."

Booi added the City had been acting on the property for some time as the owners were unable to protect their land and it was in the best interest of the community to act.

"The land owners and residents on the site are aware of the procedure followed by the City should new illegal structures or land invasions occur."

But this was contested by sources canvassed by News24, who disputed that the structures were "new".

At the time of publication, local ward councillor Helen Jacobs was understood to be meeting residents in the area to defuse the situation.

Jacobs was unable to comment as she was engaged in on-the-ground discussions.

But she confirmed there was some confusion as to whether the housing structures at the heart of the conflict had been newly built, as alleged.

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