The May family, living on the side of the road across from the Windmeul Kelder winery outside Paarl – from which they were evicted in April – were dealt another blow as their case at the Land Claims Court was dismissed.

A Cape Times report says Zonwabele May worked on the farm for 28 years, until his employment was terminated in 2008 for allegedly selling alcohol illegally on the farm. No criminal charges were brought against him.

Winery owners have reportedly attempted to evict the family since then. Formal proceedings got under way in 2015.

Acting Judge Justice Canca dismissed the Mays’ application to rescind the eviction order granted last year.

Canca found it ‘unconscionable’ that the adult occupiers would – at the start of a harsh winter – elect to make a ‘standpoint or coerce’ the municipality into granting them benefits they were not entitled to, and said the matter required investigation by the SAPS Child Protection Unit.

A Drakenstein Municipality spokesperson said they remained willing to provide the Mays with emergency accommodation if required, even though the court had ordered them not to.

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