Stellenbosch Municipality

Geraldine Mettler- Municipal Manager
14 August 2018

Following a positive meeting between the Municipality and representatives of the Kayamandi community yesterday, an agreement has been reached on the way forward.  The meeting was facilitated by the Provincial Human Rights Commissioner, Mr Chris Nissen. The Sherriff of the Court and South African Police Service also attended the discussions.

All the stakeholders resolved that differences must be set aside to find a way forward to the illegal occupation of a piece of private land next to Kayamandi. As a result of this agreement, the Municipality can continue service delivery to the residents of Kayamandi.

Under this agreement, all parties agreed to the following -

1. That a joint monitoring committee be established inclusive of:
• The Sherriff of the court;
• A Director from the Municipality supported by municipal officials;
• Five Kayamandi Community Leaders;
• and SAPS.
2. That an independent audit of occupiers of the illegal structures be undertaken by the Municipality;
3. That legal processes must continue without any interference (The Municipality has been added as a respondent in an eviction case scheduled to appear before court on 21 August 2018 - therefore this matter is sub judice and we cannot comment on the legal proceedings);
4. That existing municipal projects and service delivery in the area continue with immediate effect and without interference;
5. That no new structures shall be erected;
6. That the joint monitoring committee will monitor and ensure that no new structures are erected;
7. That the Municipality continue with efforts to acquire land;
8. That the Executive Mayor requests a meeting with the Provincial Minister of Human Settlements.

The Executive Mayor, the Sherriff of the Court and the Provincial Human Rights Commissioner have already signed the memorandum of agreement. It is expected that representatives of the community groups and the SAPS will sign the agreement today (14 August 2018).

 

Media queries:

Stuart Grobbelaar
T: 021 808 8172 | C: 084 036 1395
Mart-Marié Haasbroek
T: 021 808 8024 | C: 072 910 3724

8 August 2018

We are pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached between all stakeholders, regarding the unrest in Kayamandi.

The Sheriff, SAPS, municipal officials, community leaders and representatives from the Human Rights Commission were present for the discussion and agreement.

The Kayamandi stakeholders have agreed that no further land invasions will take place and that no new structures will be erected. The Municipality has agreed that service delivery to the area will return to normal.

It was further agreed that talks on the way forward will continue on Monday, 13 August 2018 and an agenda for Monday’s discussions has been agreed upon. Discussions will include the land interdict and the role of the municipality in the land issue.

All parties agreed that if the conditions are not adhered to, the full extent of the law will be enforced.

We are pleased that service delivery to Kayamandi can now resume.

 

Media queries:

Stuart Grobbelaar
T: 021 808 8172 | C: 084 036 1395
Mart-Marié Haasbroek
T: 021 808 8024 | C: 072 910 3724

Geraldine Mettler- Municipal Manager

Monday, 6 August 2018

Yesterday, 5 August 2018, a meeting took place with various role-players to find a solution to the illegal occupation of a piece of private land in Stellenbosch. Premier Helen Zille, the Minister of Community Safety Dan Plato, the Minister of Economic Opportunities Alan Winde, Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer, the South African Police Service and I were among the participants at this meeting.

To our knowledge, the operation of removing the structures erected on the private land is going ahead. The Municipality continues to monitor the situation closely and provides assistance within our legal framework.  The Municipality has interdicts on Municipal land.

We continue tirelessly to provide as many housing opportunities as possible for all beneficiaries on our database.

Media queries:
Stuart Grobbelaar
T: 021 808 8172 | C: 084 036 1395
Mart-Marié Haasbroek
T: 021 808 8024 | C: 072 910 3724

Geraldine Mettler - Municipal Manager

Monday, 6 August 2018

We condemn the looting and destruction of property that took place in Kayamandi and parts of Stellenbosch today.

While it is encouraging to see communities exercising their constitutional rights to demonstrate peacefully, the level of violence and destruction of property that accompanied these activities today is of great concern to us.

It is becoming increasingly clear that a small group of troublemakers and ringleaders are behind this protest. These individuals are simply taking advantage of the situation by looting and stealing. Shop windows were broken, cars were vandalised and stores in especially the Bird Street area were looted. We cannot allow a small group of criminals to hold our businesses and residents hostage.

Let it be very clear - looting and the destruction of property is never an answer and will not be tolerated in Stellenbosch.

Our Law Enforcement is currently working with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to identify those involved. We will assist the police with any means possible to ensure that these criminals are brought to book.

We ask that anyone with video footage that can assist the police in positively identifying the culprits, to share this information with us.

Media queries:

Stuart Grobbelaar
T: 021 808 8172 | C: 084 036 1395
Mart-Marié Haasbroek
T: 021 808 8024 | C: 072 910 3724

Councillor Wilhelmina (Mienie) Petersen has been elected as the new Speaker of the Stellenbosch Municipality Council. She will serve as the first female Speaker since the establishment of the Council in 2000. 

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