Evicted squatters appeal for food

A spokesman for about 1800 people evicted from unfinished homes in Delft yesterday appealed for water and food for the group, now living on a site adjacent to the land.

A spokesman for about 1800 people evicted from unfinished homes in Delft yesterday appealed for water and food for the group, now living on a site adjacent to the land.

"It's like a state of emergency," said Ashraf Cassim, a spokesman for the Western Cape Anti-Eviction Campaign.

"It's a sad affair, but people are strong. People are losing their jobs, children are not going to school, and people don't have anywhere to pass urine or stools," he said.

The group had occupied homes being constructed for the N2 Gateway project for two and a half months on the grounds that the process to allocate houses was unfair.

They claimed that people who had not been on the waiting list for long, were given preference over those who had waited for about 12 years, Cassim said.

On Monday the Cape high court ruled that their occupation was illegal and that they should be evicted.

They are planning an appeal, but they do not have the money for the legal costs to lodge the application, said Cassim.

The group is primarily composed of backyard dwellers and "people who have been sleeping on steps", he said. - Sapa

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