On Sunday, Cape Town mayor Dan Plato said law enforcement officers were hospitalised with serious injuries, including head wounds, following a clash with land invaders in Mfuleni on Thursday.
He said the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), joined by the EFF, sought to interdict the city’s anti-land invasion operations.
“The SAHRC is further asking the court to void all existing court orders protecting specific sites from invasion,” said Plato.
“In a separate court case brought by land invaders in Hangberg this week, the judge ruled that an illegally built structure which had been demolished must be rebuilt on city-owned land. This is despite two alternatives being offered by the city.
“A sports facility was planned for the invaded site, but the growth of structures now jeopardises this community development opportunity. In Wallacedene this week, residents watched as play equipment was uprooted in a children’s play park by land invaders who have built illegal structures on the land."
A brand new Covid-19 clinic extension in Makhaza, Khayelitsha, was ransacked, allegedly by land invasion protesters, over the weekend, he added.
Plato said the city’s log sheets on land invasions showed that there were currently eight or more illegal land invasions per day across the Cape Town metro, stretching the city’s resources to the limit.