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Building hijackers evicted after 20 months

The occupiers at Communicare Albatross flats in Thornton had been living illegally and rent-free after taking over the housing units in August 2019.
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Building hijackers evicted after 20 months

Illegal occupiers living at the Communicare Albatross flats in Thornton were evicted on Wednesday following a court order.

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The eviction was executed by a sheriff of the court and the South African Police Service (SAPS).

Communicare which manages social housing complexes in Cape Town, has been battling with groups of people who move into vacant units at various properties and claim tenancy.

Communicare spokesperson Makhosi Kubheka, said: “The wheels of justice are catching up with those involved with building hijackings and invasion of Communicare properties, after 20 months of them living illegally and rent-free at the organisation’s premises.

In 2020 the Western Cape High Court had granted Communicare an eviction order, giving the occupiers until 14 December 2020 to leave.

The occupiers refused to leave and a sheriff of the court was appointed to remove them.

Communicare’s CEO Anthea Houston told Cape Talk that the social housing NPO provides access to housing through fair, lawful and legitimate processes.

“Some of the folks who lived in the apartments have employment. One of the people that was evicted yesterday is employed in the Parliament of South Africa,” Houston said.

Communicare tenant beneficiaries representative, Neville Petersen, said the evicted tenants were consulting with lawyers to see if they could return.

 

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