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‘Hermanus evictions are in the public’s interest’

A letter of termination of lease has been handed to the residents saying they need to leave by the 30 April.

FILE: Earlier this week African National Congress (ANC) activist Carina Papenfus told Eyewitness News about the plight of about 300 households at the holiday resort-turned-suburb that have been told to leave the area by the end of April. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The lawyer of the man behind the evictions of hundreds of families from Hermanus' Paradise Park says the move is in the public's interest.

Earlier this week African National Congress (ANC) activist Carina Papenfus told Eyewitness News about the plight of about 300 households at the holiday resort-turned-suburb that have been told to leave the area by the end of April.

Papenfus claims the owner promised the residents they could live there indefinitely.

In a statement from the lawyers representing Paradise Park owner Raymond Schonegevel, they state the camping resort has become too dangerous to continue allowing residents to live there.

They say Schonegevel has allowed campers to construct structures around their caravans, but that it had become a health and safety risk.

Apparently several fires have engulfed structures in the park.

A letter of termination of lease has been handed to the residents saying they need to leave the area by 30 April.

Former lawyer and activist Carina Papenfus - who's helping the residents fight the evictions claims the owner does not really care about care the safety of the community.

Papenfus says they will fight the eviction order.