Philippi East land earmarked for illegal land invasion

More than 100 people claiming to be from Philippi, Nyanga and Khayelitsha settled on the land yesterday.

FILE: Philippi East residents have begun demarcating plots near Joe Gqabi Train Station for occupation on 22 April 2015. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A piece of land near Philippi East is the latest to be invaded in a string of illegal occupations in the City of Cape Town.

A group of more than 100 people claiming to be from Philippi, Nyanga and Khayelitsha settled on the land yesterday.

This comes two weeks after violent evictions in Khayelitsha following an illegal occupation of land owned by Denel.

An attempt by authorities to prevent the invasion failed.

Law enforcement had moved in on the land earlier and successfully removed the dwellers but the crowd returned minutes later, forcing police to retreat.

#PhilippiLand Philippi East residents are demarcating plots near Joe Gqabi train station for occupation @JustKoyana pic.twitter.com/egzTMQNIF4

At least 100 people are now using pangas and shovels to get rid of vegetation near the Joe Gqabi Train Station.

They have also started fires to clear the bushy area.

At least 50 plots have already been demarcated for structures.

No structures have been erected yet, but invaders say they will be up by the end of the day.

The city's law enforcement is monitoring the situation from the side-lines.

Earlier today, a Western Cape High Court judge described an application by the group of Khayelitsha land invaders, who want to return to property they illegally occupied, as unusual.

Judge Siraj Desai said chances of a successful application are very slim but insisted it was a request that needed to be heard by a court because it touched on what it described as the root of housing problems in the country.