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Monday Oct 29, 2012

Cape Town plans to evict offenders from council properties

Cape Town has issued 14 notices to terminate leases of people selling drugs or sub-leasing council-owned property while the gang and drug unit will intensify operations to clamp down on illegal activity.

Two weeks ago, mayor Patricia de Lille and the city's law enforcement unit conducted a sting operation at council rental units in Kewtown and Hanover Park.

De Lille said she had a first-hand account of the extent of illegal activities in the city's rental units.

Following the raid, the city has issued 14 notices of "termination of lease" to certain tenants for contravening their lease agreements. These notices were served for various violations ranging from selling drugs to sub-leasing units.

In a statement, De Lille said occupants had been given amonth to vacate the units. "In the event that they fail to honour the notice to vacate the properties, we will institute steps that will ultimately lead to their eviction," she said.

The city has also identified about 350 council-owned rental units in which occupants are allegedly involved in illegal activities.

De Lille said the city's gang and drug unit would intensify operations to deal with illegal activity in all council rental units.

"Where occupants are found to use council properties to pursue criminal dealings, appropriate action will be taken to ensure that the culprits face the full might of the law.

"Council properties must not be havens for illegal activities. Any occupant who conducts criminal activities on council property does not deserve to occupy one," she said.

The city's housing waiting list was at 350 000 and De Lille said the city would use legal channels to ensure people using rental units for illegal activity made way for law abiding citizens.

She urged people to report any illegal activity to their nearest housing office as the city's housing and law enforcement units mostly replied on tip-offs from residents.

Cape Times

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