Friday 21 November at 13h03
Gympie Street Case Dismissed! Residents relieved!
JUDGEMENT DAY ~ NO LAND, NO HOUSE, NO VOTE!
Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign Press Release
When: Friday 21st of November 2008
Where: Magistrate Court, Cape Town (between Buitenkant str & Parade Str)
Case: Gympie Street vs Pastor Dennis Robertson
On Friday the 21st of November the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court will give its verdict on the case against the Gympie Street residents. This latest legal battle represents yet another attempt by slumlord Pastor Dennis Robertson to evict the people of Gympie Street. He seems simply unwilling to accept that the people of Gympie Street have a right to adequate housing and dignity. Indeed, he has even been working with the City Council and the police to drive the people from the road. This has seen him collaborating with the City Council to cut off people’s water and electricity, and working with the police to routinely harass and arrest people. It is clear that the threatened mass eviction of families who have been staying in the area for decades, is part of the gentrification process (linked to the World Cup) to clear the City Centre of the poor so that the landlords and the elite can profit and move into the area. As such, this latest legal action is about trying to DUMP the people of Gympie Street on the outskirts of the City. Nonetheless, like the three previous cases, the ruling of the latest case will once again be in favour of the people of Gympie Street.
We want to make it clear to Pastor Robertson that he should not try and criminalise us, he should rather come and talk To us!
THIS IS AN OPEN INVITATION IN SOLIDARITY TO ALL JOURNALISTS, SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, COMMUNITY BASED ORGANISATIONS AND TRADE UNIONS FOR SUPPORT
For more information Contact:Willy @ Ashraf @ Gary @ Advocate Zehir Omar @