Residents of the former Transkei Hotel in Mthatha refuse to move out of the building.

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PEOPLE illegally occupying the former Transkei Hotel are defying evictions.
About 50 families live in the building in the Mthatha CBD that has been earmarked for renovations and refuse to move out.
Owner Simon Madasa and the tenants are battling it out in the Mthatha High Court.
The people have been living there for almost 10 years and have stopped paying rent.
They claim not to know the owner and don’t recognise Madasa or his company.
The residents told Daily Sun at one stage the hotel’s water supply was cut off for almost four years due to unpaid rates.
According to a court application Madasa filed in March, he received a letter from the King Sabata Dalindyebo Municipality stating the building was a health risk and had been found to be in a bad condition.
He then did his own inspection and found the hotel needed to be
urgently renovated.
He claimed he informed tenants about the municipality’s safety concerns and they agreed to move out by February.
That didn’t happen.
Municipal spokesman Sonwabo Mampoza confirmed that the building is owned by Madasa. But he said the municipality couldn’t get involved in the matter.
Madasa said: “I’ve been given an eviction order, to be carried out by the end of the week.
“They must get out. How can someone stay without paying rent for so long? They had three months to look for other places to stay.”
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