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Western Cape high court orders 11 refugees to vacate Valkenberg Hospital

The refugees have been occupying a section of the hospital for almost 15 years

Eleven refugees who have been occupying a section of Valkenberg Hospital since 2004 have been ordered to vacate the property before end of next month, the Western Cape High Court has ruled.

This follows an eviction application brought forward by the Western Cape government and the provincial Department of Transport and Public Works to have the respondents vacate unit B4 of Valkenberg Hospital.

According to the papers, the 11 initially entered the premises when a certain Etienne Dibwe and his family concluded a written lease agreement to conduct a steel work and panel beating business in unit B5 and 5(b). But when Dibwe died in May 2010, his brother Kashama continued to occupy unit B4. Letters of demand to vacate the property were sent, but the occupants failed to move.

Hack said: “The bald denials of unlawful and criminal conduct by the respondents are rejected as untenable. I agree with the applicants submission that the respondents do have the necessary financial resources to obtain alternative accommodation.”

Via: Cape Argus

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