Court prevents further illegal land occupation in Khayelitsha

Judge Monde Samela warned residents not to return to the land until he made a final ruling.

FILE: Law enforcement on Wednesday completely destroyed all the structures built by Khayelitsha residents who illegally invaded a piece of land in the township. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Western Cape High Court judge on Friday granted an interim order preventing further occupation of a piece of land in Khayelitsha.

Hundreds of people who had illegally occupied land belonging to Denel were removed from the property on Wednesday after the parastatal obtained an urgent order preventing occupation.

Judge Monde Samela warned residents not to return to the land until he made a final ruling.

It emerged in court that law enforcement used a provisional order to evict occupants which was illegal.

Samela said the order he granted Denel was to prevent further occupation.

Community representatives said they will use the new information to challenge the validity of the eviction.

Community leader Xolani Jack said residents would approach lawyers before the matter returned to the roll in two weeks' time.

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