Local estate owners want govt to buy them out of illegally occupied land

A group of Cape Town property owners want a court to compel government to buy them out of the land.

This comes after the land was illegally occupied by residents in Philippi East, becoming what’s known as the Marikana informal settlement.

Residents of the Marikana informal settlement have been represented by lawyers from the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (Seri).

The property owners had initially initially wanted to evict the residents but now want government to buy them out of the property, explains Seri Senior Attorney Thulani Nkosi.

They realise that evicting 60 thousand people is not going to be easy and would be problematic because of potential re-occupation.

Thulani Nkosi, Senior Attorney at the Socio-economic Rights Institute

They've turned to the court to seek relief for compensation for their land from all the organs of the state, advises Nkosi.

The property owners say it doesn't matter who buys them out as long as they get the value for their property seeing as they cannot use it as our clients are there.

Thulani Nkosi, Senior Attorney at the Socio-economic Rights Institute

The City of Cape Town, provincial and national government are before court, but the City says it does not have the money to buy the properties.

Take a listen to the legal expert explain the case and unpack precedent:

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