PRASA continues attempts to remove land occupiers on rail tracks in Cape Town

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The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) says attempts to remove land occupiers on the rail tracks in Langa and Philippi in Cape Town are continuing.

This follows a Cape Town High Court ruling that government finds a piece of land where the people will be moved to.

The group invaded the land in 2019 after PRASA suspended the Cape Town Central line rail service in order to repair its infrastructure.

Chairperson of the PRASA Board Leonard Ramatlakane says the court has ruled that the move must be completed in four months after the granting of the order.

“We started engaging with them in January, February 2021 to vacate or leave that illegal occupation, but off course they wanted more of a guarantee that land is made available, which we couldn’t as PRASA. Of course, we ended up in the Cape Town Supreme Court and the court has given an order for the eviction of people who are living on the rail. That process has been given four months to complete since the date of the order,” says Ramatlakane.

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