The property management group of a luxury mansion in Camps Bay has released a statement instructing the occupiers to leave. This comes after a group who calls themselves a “collective of queer artivists” occupied the mansion in protest of severe inequalities. 

The collective who has been deliberately overstaying, says excessive private wealth is where the “puppet master power lies”. 

WHAT IS THE QUEER COLLECTIVE TRYING TO ACHIEVE? 

Taking to Twitter, the group said they’re a collective of queer black South Africans. 

“We are currently occupying a mansion in Camps Bay, one of the most expensive suburbs on the continent and reclaiming the space as a place of refuge. We stand in solidarity with the occupation movement globally,” it said. 

The collective said that while we need to hold governance accountable, we also need to recognise exploitation by an “elite class” who control a disproportion of wealth and resources. 

It also said it’s occupying the space to protest the lack of safe space for queer people, women and children in a country with abhorrent rates of gender-based violence. 

“We invite everyone into acts of solidarity with those who cannot pay rent, cannot afford to eat, those who live at the threat of violence” it added. 

PROPERTY MANAGEMENT GROUP CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE EVACUATION OF HOUSE IN CAMPS BAY 

TurnKey365 Property Management Group issued a statement following what it deems “unlawful occupation” of one of its listed properties in Camps Bay. 

Before issuing out an instruction to the queer collective, it took the opportunity to state that it’s not an internationallly owned business, but rather a medium sized local tourism and property management company responsible for the employment of 14 South African domestic staff and a “diverse and predominantly female led team”. 

“The guise under which the guests secured the booking has not only been dishonest but their ‘indefinite’ occupancy and refusal to allow staff onto the property has led to many staff unable to perform their duties resulting in a further compromise on their livelihoods and ability to support their families,” it said. 

“In addition, much needed further bookings are being compromised resulting in a further setback for a small company already suffering and attempting to recover from the throes of COVID-19,” it added.  

The property management company, in an effort to protect its staff and families, requested that the current guests vacate the property in Camps Bay by 24 September 2020 at 17:00 and no later, in order to accommodate an upcoming reservation starting 25 September 2020. 

“We are not in the position to negotiate to facilitate their stay longer than already communicated contractually,” it added.  

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Presh JM Reporter

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