The Western Cape High Court has upheld the eviction of hundreds of farm dwellers from Klein Akker, Kraaifontein.

A GroundUp report says Acting Judge Sievers ruled that the City of Cape Town must ‘make available within 24 hours of this order, temporary emergency shelter in the form of land and emergency housing kits at the emergency housing site known as Kampies, Philippi’.

He said the city should provide transport for the evictees who are willing to accept its offer of temporary emergency shelter at Kampies. Sievers said the court expected the city to provide temporary accommodation within six weeks to shack dwellers willing to move to Kampies.

The application to rescind the eviction was brought by the SA Human Rights Commission.

GroundUp notes Wendy Pekeur, of the Ubuntu Rural Women and Youth Movement, was critical of the judgment.

‘Kampies is another dumping site like Blikkiesdorp and Wolwerivier … How will these children get to school?’

Community leader Tanya Bowers said: ‘The judgment doesn’t understand the reality confronting the people of Klein Akker Farm.’

She said relocating to Kampies meant a ‘shift from a peaceful mixed race community to a more high risk and violent surrounding’.

Mayco member for human settlements, Councillor Malusi Booi, said: ‘The city’s offer of assistance has now been made an order of court … The city will provide transport to those affected who have indicated that they would like to take up the city’s offer of temporary emergency shelter.’

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