The City of Cape Town (CoCT) has been ordered to rebuild the demolished house of a Hangberg resident by the Western Cape High Court.
Hangberg residents took the City to court over the eviction and demolition of a family home in the area last month.
The case was heard on Tuesday by Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe, who questioned why the City did not seek relief from the courts before proceeding to demolish the Ginola Phillips home.
CoCT argued that the structure that Phillips was staying in cannot constitute as his place of residence.
In handing down her judgement today (Wednesday 15 July) Judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe said the actions by the City were unlawful and unconstitutional.
Adding that the City’s actions violated the lockdown regulations.
The City has been ordered to immediately rebuild the man’s house, to the same size and dimensions.
The CoCT has been given 48 hours to complete the construction and must prove to the court it has done so.