Deadline looms for families facing eviction from police safehouses
10 December 2021
At least 50 families living in South African Police Service (SAPS) barracks and safehouses in Cape Town could be evicted by new year’s eve.
On Thursday, some of the households protested outside the SAPS office in Green Point against what they say are unaffordable rental increases. Some tenants are currently paying between R900 and R1,500 per month. Under the new fees, they will have to pay about R11,000 from 1 January 2022.
According to a joint statement by Ndifuna Ukwazi (NU) and the South African Police and Allied Workers Union (SAPAWU), the rental increases follow recommendations to obtain market-related rentals from the national Department of Public Works and Infrastructure. The department owns the properties which are situated in well-located areas in and around the inner city.
SAPS members and their families have been requested to vacate official housing sites by 31 December or pay very large rental increases, the statement said. Those who cannot afford to pay have to either find alternative housing or face homelessness.