Philippi squatters to be evicted

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein set aside a judgment against the City of Cape Town.

FILE: The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein set aside a judgment against the City of Cape Town. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Mayor Patricia de Lille on Tuesday welcomed a court ruling paving the way for the eviction of illegal squatters in Philippi.

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein set aside an earlier judgment against the City of Cape Town.

The matter related to the future of illegal squatters in an informal settlement known as 'Marikana'.

The court ordered the matter be referred back to the Western Cape High court in Cape Town.

De Lille said, "The city [of Cape Town] has always felt that the former judgement was wrong and this was confirmed today by the Supreme Court of Appeal."

'Marikana' squatters meanwhile say they are not concerned by Tuesday's court ruling.

Resident Tumelwa Ramatheli says he is confident the court will again block the City of Cape Town's bid to evict them.

"We as a community demand justice. Whatever is declared will be [in terms of] the Constitution of the country."