A group of informal recyclers operating in Centurion once again fear being evicted from their area.
This after another group of waste pickers and their families, who previously lived and operated on the piece of land on the corner of Solomon Mahlangu and Delmas roads, were removed last week.
“Given what happened there, the recyclers in the Clubview area are again very worried they will suffer the same fate,” said local activist Stefan van der Westhuizen.
However, the Tshwane metro has said it did not remove the waste pickers from Erasmuskloof, as it was not the property owner.
“The prevention of illegal eviction from and unlawful occupation of land act prescribes that the landowner must apply for and obtain such an eviction order from the competent court,” said environmental and agricultural management MMC Dana Wannenburg.
“Whether this was obtained or not is unknown.”
In June, the metro ordered the informal recyclers to cease their operations at a so-called waste sorting station in Clubview.
The official document handed to the recyclers granted them seven days to stop the “illegal” sorting of waste at the station near Lyttelton Road and the N14 highway.
Those on the site were also compelled to remove all waste from the area within the deadline.
Metro spokesperson Lindela Mashigo previously said the notice issued to the Clubview sorting station did not address illegal land occupation.
“This is a different process,” he said.
“Sorting and storage of waste is considered a listed activity for which a permit must first be obtained in terms of the act.
“The notice does not necessarily mean the land occupiers will be moved as part of this process.”
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