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Marikana residents unmoved by eviction threat

Marikana residents are against an application relating to their eviction from privately-owned land.

These Marikana residents are here to oppose an application to remove them from private land.

CAPE TOWN -Hundreds of residents from the Marikana informal settlement in Philippi are gathered outside the Western Cape High Court ahead of an application relating to their eviction from privately-owned land.

Scores of people have illegally occupied the private industrial property over the years.

Earlier this year the Wynberg Regional Court ruled residents could remain on the land after a prolonged legal battle.

The land's owners have now turned to the High Court seeking an eviction order and an interdict preventing further occupation.

But Marikana community leader Joseph Makeleni has said they won't go.

He said, "We are here to support our case, including our lawyers. We said as Marikana in our slogan, that in my language we say 'asiyi ndawo', which means we are not going anywhere. We said we are not going anywhere and we are still saying that we are not going anywhere."