Media: Pavement dwellers dig in their heels

20 10 2009

Chantall Presence | 20 October 2009 | Eyewitness News

The Anti-eviction Campaign has vowed it would not give up on its fight to prevent pavement dwellers from being relocated to Blikkiesdorp.The Western Cape High Court on Monday gave the City of Cape Town the go ahead to start evicting the so-called Symphony Way pavement dwellers and relocating them to Blikkiesdorp, which is a temporary relocation area.

The group built temporary structures on the sidewalk after being evicted from N2 Gateway homes in Delft, that they had illegally occupied.

The city promised to set up a temporary metro police office in the area to address residents’ concerns about crime in Blikkiesdorp.

This did little to calm emotions though, as residents were visibly upset after the court proceedings.

However, attorney Sharfudin Parker assured them all other legal avenues would be explored.

“We are going to weigh up what other legal steps we can take but obviously it is a decision that needs to be taken by the committee of Symphony Way,” says Parker.

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