News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Thursday June 20th 2019

Move to evict Blue Water residents thwarted

Peter Luhanga

The fate of foreign nationals staying at Blue Waters in Strandfontein will now only be heard on August 12 after a City of Cape Town eviction application against some of residents failed in the Western Cape High Court yesterday (09/06/2009).

Of the 396 residents of Blue Waters Camp B and C, the City had applied for an eviction order to evict 78 foreign nationals, who were not being represented by the Legal Resource Centre (LRC).

The LRC announced in May it would represent residents opposing their eviction from the camp, where they have been staying since being displaced by last year’s xenophobic attacks.

Yesterday, the LRC filed a list before the court of 319 foreign nationals it said it was representing.

Advocate Ncumisa Mayosi, representing the city, told the court that the city was seeking an order to evict against those who were not opposing the eviction application.

But there was confusion as the City’s list included some respondents represented by LRC.

LRC advocate Lwazi Kubukeli argued that it would not be wise to grant an eviction order until the city verified which foreign nationals were not represented.

Acting judge Arnoldus Johannes Smit then asked the applicant and the respondent to meet him in his chambers.

LRC attorney Charlene May told West Cape News afterwards that the eviction order had not been granted because the city had failed to verify that the 78 they wanted to evict were not represented.

She said 11 of the residents they were representing had also been on the city’s list.

The LRC had until June 30 to file answering papers to the City’s application to evict, which would be heard on August 12.

City spokesman Peter Cronje said the eviction process would not be affected.

He said the reason for the eviction order not being granted was due to a “practical difficulty” in verifying the list of those who did not oppose their eviction.

Instead of applying for two eviction orders, one for those not being represented by the LRC and one for those being represented, there would now be one application that would be heard on August 12. — West Cape News

Tags: bluewaters, xenophobia

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