Siqalo residents issue City of CT with ultimatum over land claim

The privately-owned plot along Jakes Gerwel Drive is the subject of a Western Cape High Court battle.

FILE: Ses'khona Peoples Rights Movement leader Andile Lili. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Siqalo informal settlement residents have given the City of Cape Town until later this month to respond to their demands for the municipality to buy the land where they live.

A group of residents marched to the Civic Centre yesterday, led by civil rights group the Ses'khona Peoples Rights Movement.

They want the city to purchase the land in Mitchell's Plain.

The privately-owned plot along Jakes Gerwel Drive is the subject of a Western Cape High Court battle in which the owner wants the informal settlers evicted.

The Ses'khona movement's Andile Lili says they have set a three-week deadline.

"We're coming back on 2 June, I think it will be a Thursday. Someone from the mayor's office was there to take the letter that says 'the owner of the land is willing to sell this land to the City of Cape Town'."

But mayoral spokesperson Pierrine Leukes says the issue is now in the hands of the court.

"It's not an application for us to consider as the city because the land is privately owned. Because the matter is before the court, it's for the court to decide."