The court interdict was served on the occupiers on April 25. They have until May 19 2021 to offer reasons as to why the interim order should not be made final.
The court has made it clear that this interim order should not be construed as an eviction order and does not entitle the applicants to demolish occupied structures as at the date of the order, being 21 April 2021 and that the above order shall operate as an interim order with immediate effect.
However, while the court order allows the sheriff to demolish any incomplete or unoccupied structures, it is not an eviction notice, the court said.
While government understood the needs of our communities for housing, illegal actions cannot be condoned, said De Lille.
“The state has a legal obligation to protect its land from illegal land invasions or any illegal activity,” she said.
De Lille would meet the community to listen to their grievances and find a way forward “for a long-lasting solution".
Meanwhile, DPWI and DEFF will be discussing future security arrangements for the properties.
The Western Cape has grappled with an estimated 1,078 land invasions since July last year, costing, according to reports, with the human settlements department spending some R350m on stopping illegal land grabs.