Court orders Cape Town city to rebuild home demolished during lockdown

Court orders Cape Town city to rebuild home demolished during lockdown

- The Western Cape High Court has ruled in favour of Ginola Phillips in the case against the City of Cape Town

- Phillips' house was demolished by law enforcement officials on 19 June

- In the past month, Phillips' home has been demolished twice

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The Western Cape High Court has ordered the City of Cape Town to rebuild the demolished house of a Hangberg resident

The court described the "conduct" of the City of Cape Town as "deplorable, grotesque and without care for human dignity".

Ginola Phillips and the Hout Bay community of Hangberg sued the city following the demolition on 19 June.

According to judge Gayaat Salie-Hlophe, it was the second time officials had destroyed Phillips' half built structure over the past month.

The City of Cape Town has been given 48 hours to rebuild Ginola Phillips' home that they demolished.

The City of Cape Town has been given 48 hours to rebuild Ginola Phillips' home that they demolished.
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News24 reported that the City of Cape Town has 48 hours to complete the construction and must prove to the court it has done so.

The demolition led to a number of running battles between police and residents of Hangberg in Hout Bay in June.

The City has previously argued it was allowed to demolish illegal unoccupied structures being built on city land.

Salie-Hlophe said although the city is under pressure to provide housing, in accordance with the constitution, it should act lawfully, said HeraldLIVE.

She said:

"The actions of the [city] in repeatedly demolishing the home of Mr Phillips is a sore and painful reflection of a failure to appreciate the plight of our poor communities, the hardships suffered and what can probably be described as objectifying the indigent as having no individual rights worthy of recognition."

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za reported that Professor Shabir Madhi said the government's latest steps to fight the Covid-19 infections will not slow the rise of transmissions.

South Africa's top scientist Professor Shabir Madhi has slammed the taxi regulations allowing the industry to load 100% capacity for short trips and 70% for long-distance trips.

Madhi said the new rules will increase the number of Covid-19 infections because of the close proximity of passengers to each other.

He added that this new regulation will do nothing to reduce the number of infections and the decision is not backed by science.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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