THE Okahandja local authority and the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development approached the high court on an urgent application for an order evicting the illegal land grabbers at Eekunde Proper, Eekunde Extension 5, Veddersdal Extension 1, 2 and 3 as well as land grabbers at Five Rand Extension 3 and 4.
The municipality also seeks a similar order for any other persons illegally occupying municipal land.
High court Judge Collins Parker has since directed that the respondents, listed as “Okahandja Illegal land grabbers” to give notice in writing, within three days from the announcement on the NBC radio of the order, to the registrar of the high court and the applicant’s lawyers of their intention to defend or oppose the urgent application.
The municipality also seeks an order that would compel the land grabbers to demolish and remove any structure that they erected and to further remove “anything, rubble or garbage” that is on the municipal land, within 14 days of the order sought.
The municipality also wants the court to direct that the respondents do not occupy the land after they have vacated from it, without the municipality’s consent.
The municipality also wants permission from the court to utilize the services of law enforcement officials in assisting the Deputy Sheriff of Okahandja during the eviction process if need be.
If the respondents refuse to give notice within three days, the demolitions will be executed. Should a notice of intention to defend not be filed by the respondents, the urgent application will be heard on the 7th of September 2020, at 9:00 in the high court.