Occupiers evicted

South Africa - Cape Town - 12 February 2019 - SAPS arrested several people for trespassing after a group broke into and occupied the Rockland Villas flats behind the SABC building in Sea Point. Picture: Armand Hough/African News Agency(ANA)

Four men and two women were arrested for trespassing and malicious damage to property in Sea Point last week.

They had all illegally occupied the unused SABC-owned Rocklands Villas building.

The building has been vacant for more than two decades.

Residents have been complaining about the state of that building, stating that it is unsafe.

In her two-year review in August last year, former Ward 54 councillor, Shayne Ramsay, said she was in contact with the SABC and remained hopeful that Rocklands Villas would eventually be converted into living space for domestic workers in the ward.

The SABC spokesperson told Cape Argus that they were still considering its options regarding the future of the building.

It’s not yet clear who this group is affiliated with, however, according to the security guard who works in the same street, the group introduced themselves as the members of a new group fighting for social housing called Khayalethu (meaning: our home).

She said the members told them the group was formed by people from different townships. Attempts to get hold of the members of the group were unsuccessful.