Evictions trial on hold

The Cape high court yesterday again postponed the Delft eviction case - to January 29.

The Cape high court yesterday again postponed the Delft eviction case - to January 29.

The court also urged DA Cape Town city councillor Frank Martin to engage a lawyer to represent him in proceedings for the urgent eviction of hundreds of homeless back-yard dwellers who are alleged to have illegally occupied incomplete homes in Delft on the Cape Flats.

The homes are intended for residents at the Joe Slovo informal settlement, who are to be relocated to Delft.

The judge told Martin that his name featured in the papers before the court which contained serious allegations about his alleged incitement of homeless people to illegally occupy the homes still under construction.

Martin currently faces criminal charges in the Bellville magistrate's court for the alleged incitement of shack dwellers in Delft.

This resulted in an urgent application on January 3, when Judge Deon van Zyl postponed the case to yesterday.

But, because of the complexity of the issues, the judge again postponed the application to January 29.

The eviction application was launched jointly by the Western Cape provincial MEC for local government and housing and state housing contractors against the "various unlawful occupiers of houses at Delft Symphony", the City of Cape Town, and Martin himself. - Sapa

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