Denel awarded eviction order against land occupation


The High Court of the Western Cape granted Denel an interim order which prevents anyone from entering or re-entering a property owned by Denel at Phillippi near Khayelitsha in the Western Cape.

A group of people led by the Economic Freedom Fighters had, on Monday 6 April, commenced with the unlawful occupation of the Denel property, seemingly in support of the party’s campaign to invade land illegally.

Denel launched an urgent application in terms of section 5, alternatively sections 4 and/or 6 of the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act, 19 of 1998, on 8 April.

The purpose of the application was to seek an urgent interim order for the eviction of people who had unlawfully occupied the property.

The application was argued before Judge Samela at the High Court of the Western Cape in Cape Town, with some members of the community that had previously occupied Denel’s property present in court. They were also heard by the judge.

The return date of the interim order is 21 April 2015.

Denel strongly condemns the illegal occupation of the land or any acts that seek to undermine the laws of the country.

Acts of this nature play with the emotions of poor people in that people who lead such invasions do not warn people they are breaking the law, and their hopes will be dashed as the law will subsequently take its course because we live in a constitutional democracy with laws, rights and responsibilities that govern all aspects of our lives.

On Tuesday evening, Denel obtained an interdict from the Western Cape High Court, which was in part aimed at prohibiting and restraining unlawful entry onto the property; and to also prevent the incitement of people to enter the property.