The City of Cape Town has reiterated that no evictions have been conducted at the site of a land invasion in Khayelitsha. This announcement follows incorrect media reports says the City.
In terms of a High Court order, the City is permitted to remove any new illegally erected structures on the land in question. In line with the court order, five illegal structures were removed on the 1st of July 2020 with one illegal structure removed the day prior, on the 30th of June 2020.
Mayco Member of Human Settlements, Malusi Booi says that the Anti-Land Invasion Unit has been conducting daily anti-land invasion operations at the site and only 49 structures have been temporarily allowed to remain by the High Court.
“This is monitored on an ongoing basis. To date, no evictions have taken place on the site, only anti-land invasion operations.”
In April, the High Court permitted only 49 structures to temporarily remain on the land under strict conditions and until the matter was heard in full.
“Police Minister Bheki Cele promoted lawlessness with his publicity stunt on the site of a land invasion. This invasion undermines services and housing in Khayelitsha as a whole because the land is on the direct path of a R162 million water pipeline” said Councillor Booi.
The Khayelitsha land invasion is on the direct pathway of a R162 million water pipeline project, crucial to the entire area of Khayelitsha.
The pipeline will increase water pressure for around 11 000 Enkanini residents and provide assurance of supply to the whole Khayelitsha. New housing developments will further rely on critical bulk service infrastructure such as this project.
Alderman Xanthea Limberg, Mayco Member for Water and Waste says the City has already installed 1.4 km of this 6 km pipeline from Faure to Khayelitsha, along Baden Powell Drive.
“Over R50 million of the budget has already been spent, and we are on track for completion in 12 – 18 months. But anti-land invasion operations along the route are crucial to ensuring no further interruptions” she concludes.