There was tension at Arcadia Place in Observotory, Cape Town on Wednesday evening as shack-dwellers who occupied the premises were evicted. According to reports, the building was left vacant for several weeks for renovation purposes by the Cape Peninsula Organisation for the Aged (CPOA) but was soon occupied by township residents.
The Citizen reported that CPOA successfully applied to the court for an eviction order, but a lawyer mandated by the occupiers responded with an urgent application for an interdict to suspend the eviction, which was granted. A second urgent application was then filed to the court in which the outcome has yet to be determined. The eviction proceeded meanwhile.
The occupier’s beds, clothing, and furniture were thrown on the sidewalk in front of the premises after private security guards entered the building to evict them. They (occupiers) later blocked the street with rubbish, causing motorists to take alternative routes.
A line of mattresses was laid outside as residents prepared to spend a cold night outside the once again vacant building. Occupiers said they would move out, but we’re not going anywhere. They are currently still situated in front of the buildings, The Citizen reported. (Pictures: Ashraf Hendricks)