200 are mense booted from CBD ‘problem buildings’Posted by On

The City of Cape Town says it has more than 300 problem buildings across the metropole after the removal of over 200 people from two buildings in the CBD this week.

During the mass eviction at the properties in Commercial Street on Wednesday, the Sheriff removed more than 200 people, of whom more than 100 were undocumented and were taken to the immigration office in Epping.

They were evicted from 42 and 44 Commercial Street in the CBD and both buildings were occupied illegally.

One of the tenants said they had been living there since 2001.

Benjamin Bemba says: “Things turned sour for us when we had the fire in August. We were told that the owner wanted us out and on Wednesday, the Sheriff of the Court came and evicted us.”

South Africa – Cape Town – 24 January 2024 – A joint operation between the South African Police Service, City of Cape Town Law Enforcement, and the Department of Home Affairs resulted in the eviction of about 500 illegal occupants from a highjacked building on Commercial Street in the CBD. In August 2023, there was an electrical fire at the same building housing squatters, less than 200m from Parliament that left one victim with third-degree burns. The building was occupied mostly by delivery drivers and their families. Photographer: Armand Hough / Independent Newspapers
MASS OPERATION: Police round up Commercial Street squatters. Picture: Armand Hough / Independent Newspapers

The DRC national says some of the people who were taken to the immigration…

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