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Judge describes Khayelitsha land invader’s court bid as ‘unusual’

Hundreds of land invaders were violently evicted from property owned Denel two weeks ago.

FILE: Economic Freedom Fighters protest the eviction of settlers from parastatal Denel's land near Nolungile Station in Khayelitsha outside the Western Cape High Court. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Western Cape High Court judge has described an application by a group of Khayelitsha land invaders, who want to return to property they illegally occupied, as unusual.

Hundreds of land invaders were violently evicted from property owned by arms company, Denel, two weeks ago.

Denel approached the court to prevent further invasions.

Lawyers representing the invaders have since brought an urgent counter-application. Angry informal settlers protested outside the courthouse yesterday.

#LandGrabs Some of the protestors taunting police officers. Some don't flinch, others find it amusing. XK pic.twitter.com/DkZI9rzFWu

Judge Siraj Desai says chances of a successful application are very slim but is a request that needs to be heard by a court because it touches on what it described as the root of housing problems in the country.

He says the matter is difficult and sensitive as it involves people's dignity.

The matter returns to court in June.

Police Minister Nathi Nhleko and the City of Cape Town will be called to account for their roles in the eviction.

Desai has consolidated the two matters and reinstated orders to prevent further occupation of the property.