Marikana Philippi East Court Case

Reports from an important court case in the Western Cape High Court about land in Cape Town. Here is an analysis of the case.

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Does Marikana really have 60,000 people?

Measuring the number of people living in an informal settlement is difficult

By GroundUp Staff - 1 September 2017
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City of Cape Town ordered to buy land for Marikana residents

Court ruling ensures that 60,000 people will not be evicted from their homes

By Ashleigh Furlong - 30 August 2017
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Life in Cape Town’s most controversial informal settlement

Future of Marikana informal settlement in Philippi East in the hands of a judge

By Masixole Feni - 17 February 2017
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Marikana: Judge must rule whether to compel state to buy, compensate or evict

“They live here not out of choice. They live here out of desperation.”

By Ashleigh Furlong - 15 February 2017
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City asks court to order national government to compensate land owners

Human Settlements lawyer says that granting the court application by Marikana residents would have “dire and far reaching consequences”

By Ashleigh Furlong - 14 February 2017
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Marikana lawyer calls for state to expropriate land

SAPS lawyer says it isn’t possible to arrest the informal settlement’s 60,000 residents

By Thembela Ntongana - 12 February 2017
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Marikana case: Home owner in informal settlement asks City to buy her property

“She went from being a property owner to living at the middle of an informal settlement. … This is her primary residence.”

By Thembela Ntongana - 9 February 2017
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Landmark Marikana case begins: 60,000 people’s homes at stake

City asked to buy or expropriate land occupied in Philippi East

By Ashleigh Furlong - 8 February 2017