Gympie Street residents overcome eviction, again

2 05 2009

Woodstock Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Release

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

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3 responses

4 05 2009
emilio

That’s a good news from South Africa! NIce to hear sometrhing like this from Gympie Street, I remeber as I went to the Court with Willie and Veronika too..Congratulations for the bravery and the determination you brought on your case in Court against the pastor, people of Gympie Street!
ciao Willie!

Emilio

19 05 2009
Gympie Street residents illegally evicted and now on the street in front of their homes « Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign

[...] Street were illegally evicted earlier today by the sheriff of the court even though residents won their most recent court case against slumlord Pastor Dennis [...]

20 05 2009
Giempie Street Shame – Zille to blame? « Medialternatives

[...] This was a surprise eviction with no advanced notice. The sheriff of the court was unable to provide a valid eviction order and residents were only given an ‘attachment order’ of and outdated eviction notice. When residents asked why they were being evicted, the sheriff told them that it was because they allegedly failed to appear in court on the 29th of April (which is untrue, see this press release). [...]




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