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City welcomes final interdict to protect District 6 restitution land<p>​No cause could be shown during High Court proceedings today as to why the City should not be granted a final interdict against the illegal invasion and occupation of District 6 restitution land. Illegal occupants currently based at Hanover Street were represented at the proceedings today. <br> <br>The court has granted an order which interdicts and restrains any person from:<br> <br>•         Entering the properties for the purposes of unlawfully occupying or invading <br>•         Erecting, completing or extending any structure on the Properties; <br>•         Occupying any vacant structures on the Properties; <br>•         Intimidating, threatening, harassing or assaulting or in any way interfering with the work of officials, councillors and law enforcement<br> <br>The restitution process is national government-led and there have regrettably been many delays to date. A successful large-scale occupation of this land will have a profoundly disastrous impact on thousands of restitution beneficiaries. Unconfirmed reports of possible political instigation have been received and are being looked into. <br> <br>The order further empowers the City and the Sheriff, with the assistance of the South African Police Services (SAPS), to protect the land against any attempted illegal occupation and to immediately remove any person found to be in contravention of the order, and to demolish any incomplete and unoccupied structures.<br> <br>'We welcome the finalisation of our interdict against unlawful occupation attempts in District 6. The District 6 Working Committee is supporting this process, and remain committed to working with the City to protect the land and ensure that the restitution process proceeds without any unnecessary delays. The City has further liaised with all landowners in the area and authorities are on high alert to prevent further illegal occupations on the area,’ said the City’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Dan Plato. <br> <br>There have been smaller pockets of unlawful occupations already on parts of this land. Covid-19 regulations continue to negatively impact the City’s powers as a landowner and enforcer of by-laws. <br> <br>The City continues to call for the lifting of national disaster regulations around evictions as these are being widely abused and causing a crisis in cities across the country.<br> <br>Unlawful occupation: Anonymous tip-offs welcomed:<br>Residents can give anonymous tip offs if they are aware of illegal activity that is taking place; that has happened or is still to happen. Please call 112 from a cell phone (toll free) and 107 from a landline or 021 480 7700 for emergencies.</p>2021-05-19T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#c4e66684-0f5b-47b5-8276-f538d60f8dfb;L0|#0c4e66684-0f5b-47b5-8276-f538d60f8dfb|Land claims;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#cee98527-2114-4029-8173-aee474e6c8a5;L0|#0cee98527-2114-4029-8173-aee474e6c8a5|land invasion10

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