Destitute Hangberg shack dwellers protest, call for an end to City’s demolitions – Independent Online

Cape Town – Hangberg residents in Hout Bay yesterday marched for an end to the destruction of their structures by the City as several families have been left out in the cold.

The march follows Nyakathisa residents in Mfuleni initiating legal action to prevent the City from demolishing shacks.

Advocate Vernon Seymour, who is representing Hangberg residents, said an urgent court application has been launched. “The people are angry because they don’t have a place to stay. 

“When they build structures, they get demolished – that is what leads people to take it out to the streets. The matter is in court. Every citizen has a right to have a shelter and a decent life.”

City spokesperson Luthando Tyhalibongo said attempting to invade land or hijacking buildings and houses was illegal. “Notice was received on Wednesday evening from lawyers representing interested parties in Hangberg. The matter is being dealt with by City legal services,” said Tyhalibongo.

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