Relief for evicted Klein Akker families after court orders their relocation

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The City of Cape Town has to make temporary housing available to evicted Klein Akker farm residents.

The Klein Akker farm residents were removed from a piece of land earlier this week after an eviction order was granted by the High Court.

The 300, who had resided on Klein Akker farm near Wallacedene in Kraaifontein, some for nearly two decades, have been left to sleep on the street since Monday.

Klein Akker community spokesperson Anna-Marie Schoeman said the residents were stripped of their dignity as they were made to sit along Botfontein Road while their goods were destroyed during the eviction process.

The same court on Thursday however ruled that the city had to step in to help the community.

The city has to relocate and make emergency housing kits available to residents left homeless as a result of this week’s eviction.

While this was done, officials said that another site was being prepared where residents would be housed. The evicted residents had to request the city, in writing, if they agreed to move to the identified emergency housing site.

City officials said transport would be provided to residents who were willing to relocate.

Some residents wanted to stay on in the Kraaifontein area, closer to work and where their children attended school.

Via: EWN

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