City of CT to fast-track redevelopment of Imizamo Yethu

Imizamo Yethu community leaders met with officials this week & requested they invoke an eviction order to speed up the redevelopment of the area.

FILE: Imizamo Yethu residents rebuild their informal structures after a devastating fire left four dead and scores homeless. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town will be invoking a court order to remove illegal occupants from land in Imizamo Yethu.

This is to allow a new road to be constructed and for water, electricity and sanitation services to be installed as part of a rebuilding process following a fire in March.

The city was granted the court order on 1 June.

Imizamo Yethu community leaders met with officials this week and requested they invoke the order to speed up the redevelopment of the areas that had been damaged by the blaze.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says: “We are enforcing the order as part of the agreement reached with the community because our priority is to clear the land as agreed with the community where people are in the way of the road being built and in turn blocking and slowing down the development.”

De Lille adds the city has a list of all registered fire-affected victims and is in the process of verifying their current location and where they originally resided.

“The movement of these residents will enable us to construct and install bulk service infrastructure to the community of Imizamo Yethu.”