This comes after an order granted by Judge Ashley Binns-Ward on Friday that the matter be regarded as urgent. Eight people, including Mikel Khumalo, chairperson of the Vrygrond Community Forum, filed an urgent application against the City, the municipal manager and Mayor Dan Plato.
They are seeking an order that interdicts and restrains the City from evicting or demolishing any informal structures erected by the Vrygrond community and declaring that the actions and conduct of the City in demolishing informal structures erected on erf 1 Capricorn, commonly known as Xakabantu in the Vrygrond area, to be unlawful.
The forum’s legal representative, Vernon Seymour, who filed the urgent application, said they also want the City to provide or erect habitable temporary shelter at least equivalent to those that were destroyed at the site when the families were evicted .
Judge Binns-Ward ordered that the application may be heard as a matter of urgency and be referred for the hearing of oral evidence, adding that the affidavits filed in the application shall stand as pleadings.