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Property developer seeks court interdict against protesting Bo-Kaap residents

Blok Developers claim the protesters are intimidating workers and putting them in danger.

Bo-Kaap residents protesting against the gentrification of the area outside the Western Cape High Court. Picture: @bokaaprise/Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - A property developer wants the court to interdict Bo-Kaap residents from demonstrating near a construction site.

Blok Developers claim the protesters are intimidating workers and putting them in danger.

The Bo-Kaap Civic Association is opposing the development because it feels the building would destroy the historical feel of the Bo-Kaap.

Association secretary Jacqueline Poking says it will state its case in court, but she has explained that the development is not the only battle it's fighting.

“The Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratepayers Association and the community of Bo-Kaap have been protesting for months now, with regards to the care and rates in our area, how it’s affecting our community which is a poor community. People have lived for generation within their homes and they’re basically being taxed out of it.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)