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Cape Town 'stands up' for property owners' rights

The City of Cape Town has filed papers in the Western Cape High Court opposing the South African Human Rights Commission's (SAHRC) application to interdict it from carrying out land evictions.

Yesterday Cape Town mayor Dan Plato insisted that municipalities had a duty by law to prevent illegal land invasions.

Plato said the City would stand up for residents impacted by such invasions.

The rights of people impacted by illegal land invasion have seemingly been forgotten by the SAHRC.

"Residents can rest assured that their City will stand up for them," he said.

In its papers opposing the SAHRC application, the City said there was no right in law which prohibited a landowner from demolishing or removing an unlawfully erected unoccupied structure from their land.

The SAHRC has repeatedly called on South Africans to refrain from unlawful land invasions.

At the same time, it says evictions, demolitions of illegal dwellings and the removal of people from such land should be conducted within the limits of human rights as set out in the Constitution.

It is seeking to interdict evictions during the current Covid-19 crisis, saying that doing so is a breach of the Disaster Management Act.

Meanwhile, police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut said a case of malicious damage to property and public violence had been opened after Mfuleni residents allegedly torched two vehicles on Wednesday.

The residents were protesting over being evicted by City officials on the vacant land they had occupied.

African News Agency (ANA)
Cape Times
17 Jul 2020


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