- Photos showing the evictions of people who 'hijacked' a building were posted online
- Some felt the 'tenants' had been robbed of their dignity while others said there was nothing wrong with evicting illegal occupants
- The City of Cape Town has since distanced itself from the incident, adding it took place on private property
On Monday, Twitter parody account Man's Not Barry Roux posted a couple of photos allegedly showing the eviction of people who occupied a building illegally.
According to the social media influencer, the City of Cape Town evicted the people from a building belonging to the government, despite claims that it was private property.
The post was captioned:
"A group of South Africans got evicted yesterday in Mowbray, Cape Town. The building had been abandoned and they decided to occupy it, it belongs to the government, however the City of Cape Town municipality is claiming that it is a private property."
Briefly.co.za gathered he City of Cape Town quickly distanced itself from the incident by confirming the building did not belong to the city, but is privately owned.
"Greetings from the City of Cape Town, This building indeed does NOT belong to the City of Cape Town. This is a PRIVATE matter."
Some South Africans were heartbroken that the people had been left without a roof over their heads.
Twitter user, @grievy_, commented: "People will not have dignity until they have ownership of the land."
However, others said it was illegal for people to occupy an empty building and that there was nothing wrong with authorities putting them out on the streets.
Humani Duncan, who goes by the Twitter handle @Makovnikovs, commented: "I see nothing wrong here, occupying a vacant building whomever it belongs to is illegal. Why don't we just do away with laws and allow anarchy while we're at it if you want to justify this."
Another tweep, @Unkanyamba, added; "Well of course, you can't just occupy random buildings, that's illegal."
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