City of Cape Town currently demolishing in Macassar Village in Violation of last night’s Court Interdict

30 05 2009

Emergency Update
Morning, 30 May, 2009 at 09h00

Last night an urgent interdict was secured in the Cape High Court preventing the City of Cape Town from demolishing shacks at the Macassar Village Land Occupation without an order of the Court.

Minutes ago the City arrived with considerable armed force and they are currently demolishing shacks in blatant contempt of the court order. They were shown the interdict and yet they are carrying on regardless.

Dan Plato and his administration can not, this time, claim to be unaware that they are engaging in criminal behaviour. There can now be no doubt that Dan Plato heads a wilfully and deliberately criminal organisation – the City of Cape Town.

For up to the minute updates from Macassar Village contact Mzonke Poni at 073 256 2036.

Last Night We Secured an Urgent Interdict Against the City of Cape Town that Prevents them from Continuing with their Criminal Harassment of the Macassar Village Ocupation

Abahlali baseMjondolo of the Western Cape
Urgent Press Release – Evening 29 May, 2009

We have secured an urgent interdict against the City of Cape Town. The interdict prevents them from demolishing any shack or structure at the Macassar Village Occupation without an order of the court (and the due process that obtaining such an order requires). It also compels them to return to us all the building materials that they have stolen.

This is an important victory against state criminality in Cape Town. Municipalities across the country regularly engage in criminal behaviour towards the poor because they are confident that we will not be able to secure legal support. But ten days after we first occupied the land we were able, with church support, to secure a lawyer and to succeed in forcing the City of Cape Town to engage with us in terms of the law. The City wanted to resolved this crisis with violence. We have now been given an opportunity to resolve this crisis politically.

For more information please contact Mzonke Poni at 073 256 62036

An archive of press releases, photos and some newspaper articles on Macassar Village

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