Law enforcement officers removes tents round Sea Point Tennis Courts.
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- The City of Cape Town will likely be approaching the Constitutional Court for help concerning illegal occupations.
- According to the City, there had been a rise in illegal occupations.
- This had resulted in giant pockets of City-owned land earmarked for the event of public companies.
The City of Cape Town says it’ll strategy the Constitutional Court to problem part of the Disaster Management Act (DMA) rules following a rise in illegal occupations.
According to the City, following the declaration of the state of nationwide catastrophe resulting from Covid-19, it had noticed a rise in illegal occupation in addition to a rise in a wide range of makeshift buildings and tented camps being erected all through the metro.
This included parks, environmentally delicate pockets of land, street reserves, pavements, beneath bridges and between freeway limitations.
“This has resulted in the unlawful occupation of large pockets of City-owned land earmarked for the development of public services,” the City mentioned in an announcement on Wednesday.
It added that the Western Cape High Court judgment within the matter of South African Human Rights Commission versus City of Cape Town and Others had severely curtailed the non-public property homeowners and the City’s potential to guard its land, leaving the City with few choices to stop and reply to illegal occupations.
“To this end, the City will be applying for eviction applications on 595 tented camp and land invasion hotspots.”
According to the Cape metro, the continued land invasions negatively impacted on the City’s potential to adjust to its constitutional mandate. In 2017, there have been 14 289 land invasions within the City.
“In 2018, that number had increased to 87 500 land invasions and by 2018, 232 8559 ha [hectares] of City owned land had been lost to unlawful occupiers,” the City added.
Makeshifts tents in District six which have now been taken down.
Most of the unlawfully occupied land was mentioned to not be appropriate for human settlements or the set up of bulk companies and had nice constraints.
“The City’s ability to protect its property is severely curtailed, the unlawful occupations are an extreme health and safety hazard for unlawful occupiers, some of whom have occupied dams, wetlands, nature reserves and waterlogged land, and the City is called on to provide emergency housing to unlawful occupiers before it can access its land to deliver services, including housing and sanitation to the thousands of residents who have not taken the law into their own hands.”
The metro mentioned that via charges funding, it contributed to working and upkeep prices for casual settlements, however added that assets weren’t limitless.
“The president and the minister of co-operative governance have not responded to the City’s requests to engage in respect of the up-liftment of the DMA regulations. The City therefore has no alternative, but to apply to the court to have the regulations set aside,” the City added.