The court case involving the occupation of private land in Schulphoek, Hermanus by backyard dwellers, was postponed without a date last week Thursday by the Western Cape High Court.
The owners of the land, Cape Theme Parks and Cavcor, had brought eviction proceedings to the court against backyard dwellers from Zwelihle. According to Ground Up, the backyard dwellers had been occupying the private land since March 2018 and they have resisted numerous attempts by the Red Ants to remove them last year, which resulted in unrest and protests in Hermanus.
Judge Babalwa Pearl Mantame postponed the matter following the request of the residents’ advocate Thulasizwe Twalo, who says the reason for asking for the postponement was because there were ongoing negotiations for the sale of the land.
Twalo claimed the Overstrand Municipality would purchase the Schulphoek land for the residents.
The municipality is serious about buying the land and they are close to finishing the negotiations. For now people will stay on that land. This is good for us as it means that our fighting is coming to fruition, said Twalo
Human settlements department spokesperson, Muneera Allie confirmed her department was involved in negotiations with the municipality, Cavcor and Cape Metropolitan. “Given the sensitivity of the negotiations, coupled with the fact that we await legal advice … we are not able to respond in detail,” said Allie.
Allie said that if the land is purchased the intention is for it to be a “mixed use development” consisting of “residential, business, community and recreational facilities”.
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