Delft Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Release
20 March, 2009
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(See end of release for information on the Judge’s order)
Residents of Symphony Way won a temporary reprieve from forcible eviction in the Cape High Court today.
Families gathered on the steps of the court, carrying signs that read: “We need houses for our kids,” and “Give us what is rightfully ours!!! Houses!!!”
The City of Cape Town is seeking the removal of 127 families from self-made shacks to tin, emergency shelters in the Delft Temporary Relocation Area, known as ‘Blikkiesdorp’ (Tin-Can Town).
The families said they will not go to Blikkies: “We will only move when we get keys to proper houses.”
Justice Joubert, whom residents noted was fair and considerate, ordered a postponement for 9 June 2009. The state attorney requested that the community be given a considerably shorter period of three weeks to prepare their case.
AEC Chairperson, Ashraf Cassim, represented Symphony Way in court. Cassim explained to the judge that residents needed time to raise funds and secure appropriate legal representation.
Cassim also informed the court that numerous advocates acting on a pro bono basis through the Law Society had previously represented the state. The judge questioned the state advocate on this point, noting that it presented a potential conflict of interest.
About postponement, Evelyn, a Symphony resident, said, “Today’s answer gives us strength and gives us hope. We must believe in ourselves.” Read the rest of this entry »