Foreigners who occupy parts of Vegetable Market Square in Cape Town city center have seven days to leave the sidewalks and streets and comply with the Metro Council’s regulations on this.
The Supreme Court on Monday granted an interim injunction prohibiting protesters around the Methodist Church from intimidating, threatening, harassing or assaulting Metro Council officials and law enforcement and damaging any of the Metro Council’s amenities and property.
Acting Judge Daniel Thulare’s order will come into force after seven days and respondents and other stakeholders will be able to provide reasons by March 17 as to why the order should not be finalized.
However, this will not apply to the refugees and asylum seekers living in the Methodist Church itself.
JP Balous, a leader of the refugees, as well as Papy Sukami, Sylvia Nahmana and the protesters who occupy parts of Langmark and Burg Streets, the sidewalks and parts of Vegetable Market Square, and those who associate with them, are the respondents in the case.
According to the interim order, the occupiers must not prevent people from entering or leaving the affected areas.
The Metro Council’s regulations on streets, public spaces and noise should also not be violated. This includes staying overnight on the street, making fire, washing clothes, personal hygiene and feces, and occupying any building or erecting structures on the street, on the sidewalk or in public spaces.
The sheriff of the court and the police will enforce the court order.
During the seven-day period until the order goes into effect, the metro council will make facilities available to the Department of Home Affairs to review people’s applications for asylum and refugee status, and carry out other administrative processes under the legislation.