CT forced to dismantle illegal shacks

The City was granted an urgent interdict to have illegal shacks removed off land in Philippi-East.

FILE: The City of Cape Town was granted an urgent interdict to have illegal shacks removed off land in Philippi-East. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town's Anti-Land Invasion Unit was forced to move onto a piece of land in Philippi-East to dismantle a number of shacks.

The municipality was granted an urgent interdict late last week to have illegal occupants removed from the land.

The city's Mayoral Committee (Mayco) Member for Human Settlements, Tandeka Gqada, says officials are well within their rights.

"They were 47 incomplete structures. We didn't wait for the structures to be completed because once they are and someone is living there, as the city we have a duty to provide alternative accommodation."