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CT mayor welcomes Supreme Court ruling

The Supreme Court has referred the Philippi illegal squatters case back to the WC High Court.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein has ordered a case relating to the eviction of squatters who moved onto a piece of land in Philippi be referred back to the Western Cape High Court so that a proper hearing can take place.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday set aside a judgment against the City of Cape Town regarding the future of illegal squatters in an informal settlement known as Marikana.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has welcomed the court ruling.

"The court must still give the reasons at a later stage and then once we've studied the full judgment we will be able to comment on that."

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

Resident Tumelwa Ramatheli says he is confident the court will again block the city's bid to evict them.

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