24 September 2013
The General Council of the Bar said it has noted with
concern the recent evictions of over 100 informal settlers at Cato Crest in Durban.
Over the past two weeks, the residents of the settlement
have been evicted and left homeless three times by the Durban Municipality's land
Semenya the Chairperson of the GCB said the residents have
urgently approached the High Court on no less than five occasions, claiming
that their eviction was unlawful. They have obtained three interim court
interdicts, restraining the Durban Municipality from
evicting them again without a court order, and have subsequently rebuilt their
homes. However, on each occasion the Municipality's land invasion unit has
returned to the settlement and destroyed the residents' homes once again.
Sejmenya added that the GCB notes reports that the residents
were driven to occupy land at Cato Crest earlier this year after they were
excluded from a project intended to provide housing to them and others in a
nearby informal settlement.
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