Cape Town mayor Dan Plato. Photo: Gallo Images

  • Cape Town mayor wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to change the Disaster Management Act regulation preventing evictions, after alleged illegal occupations at a Cape housing complex.
  • Social housing non-profit organisation, Communicare, alleged that its staff, security guards and tenants battled an alleged illegal occupation over the past weekend.  
  • The police say they are investigating complaints of trespassing.   

Cape Town mayor Dan Plato wants President Cyril Ramaphosa to change the Disaster Management Act regulation preventing evictions, after the alleged illegal occupation of housing units in a complex managed by social housing organisation Communicare.

“Disaster regulations currently limit the ability of courts to grant eviction orders. This will add to Communicare’s challenge of dealing with the injustice of this building hijacking,” said Plato. 

“I have called on President Ramaphosa to urgently change the regulations for the sake of the rule of law, the greater

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An oversight inspection of eDumbe Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal has revealed critical shortfalls in disaster management

  • An oversight inspection has revealed that disaster management systems at the eDumbe municipality in KwaZulu-Natal are in a poor state.
  • Among the issues raised are a lack of staff, poor infrastructure and a shortage of equipment.
  • The provincial Cogta department is also struggling with funding for disaster management.

The eDumbe municipality in KwaZulu-Natal has come under the spotlight after its disaster management centre was found to be in a dilapidated state.

The DA conducted an oversight inspection and found that the disaster management system in the area was “virtually non-existent”.

“The DA is concerned about the state of readiness of the eDumbe municipality to respond to disasters. We do not believe that either this local municipality or the Zululand District Municipality meet the requirements of the Disaster Management Act,” DA MPL Chris Pappas

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