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Update: Khayelitsha homes demolitions

The Legal Resource Centre and the city of Cape Town have been asked to reach an interim agreement.

Yesterday the Western Cape high court Judge President John Hlophe recused himself from the matter between the Legal Resource Center and the City of Cape Town.

The Legal Resource Centre (LRC) applied for an interdict against the city of Cape Town’s ongoing evictions and demolition of homes in Empolweni, Khayelitsha.

According to the LRC the city defied an appeal by government that all municipalities suspend evictions during the lockdown.

Acting Judge Bryan Hack will now preside over the matter, he has asked both parties to reach an interim agreement.

 It is not clear why Western Cape high court Judge, President John Hlophe disqualified himself from this case.

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The LRC has applied for an interdict against the city of Cape Town’s ongoing evictions and demolition of homes in Empolweni.

According to the LRC the city has defied an appeal by government that all municipalities suspend evictions during the lockdown.

LRC said more than 103 homes were demolished contrary to the information that was shared that only 30 homes were demolished.

“These were homes, not just structures. We have images of people’s homes and affidavits stating that they have been in Empolweni since 2019,” the LRC said.

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