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Statement by Mayor: City of Cape Town moving to evict Drug Dealers

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Statement by Mayor: City of Cape Town moving to evict Drug Dealers

by Helen Zille
13 Sep 2007
City of Cape Town
City of Cape Town

A statement by the Mayor of Cape Town, Helen Zille, in response to MEC Ramatlakane's claim that the City of Cape Town is not doing enough regarding drug dealers that occupy council property.


STATEMENT BY HELEN ZILLE, MAYOR OF CAPE TOWN

CITY OF CAPE TOWN MOVING TO EVICT DRUG DEALERS FROM COUNCIL PROPERTY

MEC Ramatlakane's claim that the City of Cape Town is not acting to evict drug dealers is wrong.

In June this year the City submitted 43 cases of suspected drug dens or illegal shebeens to its legal team to investigate and secure evictions at those houses where illegal activities are confirmed.

There is also an ongoing addition to this list.

In some cases, allegations against tenants or owners have proven to be unfounded.

However, action has been taken in a number of cases.

In five houses, evictions have been carried out. Tenants subsequently returned to these houses and the City has levelled contempt of court charges that will result in arrests within the next few weeks.

On 18 September 2007 an application for another eviction will be tested in the Wynberg Magistrate's Court.

The City has also cancelled the lease for the well known 'Little House on the Prairie' with effect from 31 August, and is drafting an application to the High Court for their eviction.

In three other houses, leases have also been cancelled, and we are in the process of applying to the Cape High Court to secure evictions.

We are also about to give notice to another five houses, and applications will go to the Cape High Court.

We have received a further six reports on potential drug dens from the SAPS that we will act on immediately.

We rely on the court processes and co-operation from the South African Police Services to secure these evictions.

SAPS can only guarantee five reports per month for the court cases due to limited capacity within the force. The City needs these reports in order to secure evictions in court.

It should be noted that while the ANC controlled Cape Town, they placed a moratorium on all evictions, including evictions of drug dealers.

For this reason, the first legal processes to evict suspected drug dealers from council properties only began after the multi-party government came to office and lifted the moratorium on evictions of drug dealers.

END

MEDIA RELEASE
NO. 346/2007
11 SEPTEMBER 2007


ISSUED BY:
DIRECTORATE: COMMUNICATION
CITY OF CAPE TOWN
TEL: 021 400 2201

MEDIA QUERIES:
ROBERT MACDONALD
SPOKESPERSON FOR THE MAYOR OF CAPE TOWN
CELL: 084 977 9888


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