IOL: Residents fight against City of Cape Town

Residents fight against City of Cape Town

May 25 2009 at 07:32AM

The Abahlali baseMjondolo organisation in the Western Cape said early Monday morning that it would be approaching the Cape High Court for an urgent interdict against alleged “unlawful and criminal evictions.

The organisation said in a statement that they would apply for the interdict late on Monday morning to prevent alleged unlawful evictions in the Macassar village by the City of Cape Town.

“Macassar Village back-yarders have been made homeless by the extremely high rents that they are charged to erect shacks in other people’s backyards.”

The organisation also said for the past week, homeless residents occupied an empty piece of land owned by the City of Cape Town with the intention of apparently housing them and their families.

“Land is the building block of any healthy and sustainable community. We are merely fighting for our own livelihoods which have been denied to us by past governments and this current government,” it said. – Sapa