Gympie Street residents are relieved to finally be free from the stress and trauma of the past few years in which Pastor Robertson has been threatening to evict them. This final case was decided on April 30, 2009 in favour of the defendants.
Gympie Street residents were originally evicted in 2006 but had moved back into different dwellings in the same building. The government along with Pastor Robertson then charged residents with a contempt of court case which residents easily won on the 20th of November 2008.
This week, in her final judgment, Judge Fredericks argued that the Gympie Street residents’ case was actually already at the high court in 2006. Since the residents had moved into different dwelling in the building, Pastor Robertson and the City of Cape Town could not use an old and invalid eviction order.
Also, despite the City’s support for Robertson, no government official was present to give their report that was asked for on the 7th of March from by defendant’s lawyer. The report was supposed to include alternative accommodation for the evictees because the PIE Act states that no one can be evicted without reasonable alternative accommodation. The City’s failure to show up with the report reflects badly on Helen Zille’s ability to manage the transition after recent elections because is proves that the DA has no concern for what happens to Cape Town’s poor.
As longtime residents of Gympie Street, we are celebrating the ruling because we can now be assured of basic shelter, clean water and electricity nearby our jobs and our schools.
For more information click here or contact Willy at 073 144 3619 / Margarete at 072 642 7386 /Mr Omar (lawyer) at 082 492 5207