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Rights group to continue fight in Oudtshoorn eviction case

The Grootkraal Primary School and the church, located on the property, have been battling the eviction since the trust issued the provincial Education Department with a notice in 2009.

A road sign to Oudtshoorn. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Lawyers for Human Rights is to appeal a Western Cape High Court ruling around an eviction matter involving a school and church in Oudtshoorn.

The court has postponed an eviction application brought by landowner the Kobot Besigheids trust to October.

The Grootkraal Primary School and the church, located on the property, have been battling the eviction since the trust issued the provincial Education Department with a notice in 2009.

The court dismissed the Lawyers For Human Rights' counter-application for an order declaring that the property can be used for the "purposes of conducting a church, a school, and any other community activity".

The organisation's Louise du Plessis says that the land is the “heart of the community”.

"Except for the church and the school, they also have for example domino evenings, sing-song evenings... everything that a poor community will do, but don't have the money to go to Oudtshoorn to the Spur. They're losing that with this eviction order, they're losing their identity as a community."

Du Plessis says they plan on appealing the ruling.

"We have instructions to appeal it, so we’ll see what happens in the higher courts."