An interim interdict has been granted by the Western Cape High Court to stop evictions in Observatory. According to an EWN report, for months, people have been building shelters along a section of the main road in the area.

They claim they have been continuously harassed by city law enforcement officials.

The group of around 60 informal settlers, among them children and elderly people, were granted the interdict mid-week.

It prevents city officials from harassing them, removing their property, and forcing them to leave the area.

Three people have apparently been arrested and law enforcement officers only let them go after forcing them to sign by-law fine notices.

Residents said they were warned if their homes were not dismantled officers would return to evict them using force.

This is in contravention of Covid-19 regulations – a moratorium on evictions remains in place under level four of the lockdown.

The application for a permanent interdict will be heard on 3 June, the report states.

Full EWN report