The City of Cape Town was in the process of evicting illegal businesses and occupiers from its land at 114 Military Road, Steenberg. This eviction of the illegal businesses, which includes a scrap metal dealer, is a huge win for the City after two decades of court applications. Read more below:
The City’s eviction applications were secured after a long battle conducted through the courts and brings closure to this matter. Despite the City twice instituting eviction applications in the Magistrate’s Court, and the main respondent agreeing in the first proceedings to an order requiring him to vacate the property, he has remained in unlawful occupation and erected various unauthorised structures on the property. The main respondent has been renting portions of the property to businesses and tenants. The businesses have been operating in contravention of the zoning of the property and all of the buildings were constructed without building plan approval. The land use contraventions are also the subject of criminal proceedings.The City obtained court orders for the eviction of the main respondent and the other illegal occupants from the said property in August last year. The court orders also provided for the demolition of all of the illegal structures and for all businesses to cease operating on the property.
The City planned to execute the court orders at the end of October 2017 but had to postpone the eviction at the last minute following notification that the respondents would be challenging the eviction order. This challenge never materialised.
‘It is no surprise that the main respondent failed to file the application, which has been a delaying tactic all along. This is a huge win not just for the City but also the residents who have had to put up with the mess and noise of this illegal business operating literally on their doorstep. The City was just as frustrated as the residents by the long drawn-out court process and delays. But I am pleased that we can all celebrate this victory together today,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Assets and Facilities Management, Councillor Stuart Diamond.
The process is expected to take two days to be completed. The eviction will be followed by the demolition of all the informal and formal structures on the property.