The City is in a tug-of-war with the widow of a former caretaker of the Eikendal Sports Complex over a property there.
Tommy Adonis, who died eight years ago, occupied the house as part of his duties, says his widow, Elizabeth Adonis, who was served with an eviction order in August last year, but refuses to budge.
Ms Adonis, who stays with four other people at the house, admits that she has a state-subsidised house in Scottsdene, but she says she does not want to stay there because of crime and gangsterism in the neighbourhood.
She claims the City promised to find a rental unit for her husband after he retired, but that never happened, and instead, she was given 30 days last year to clear out.
“I asked what happened to the rental house that they promised. I told them that I can give away this house, but they (must) give me a rental house.”
Ms Adonis said her husband had been the caretaker at the sports complex for 38 years.
The City has turned has the matter over to its legal department after Ms Adonis failed to leave the property even after she was granted a one-month extension to the eviction order.
“The long-term impact of this illegal occupation is exorbitant in terms of cost and prohibitive in terms of usage. The property belongs to the City and is under the management of the recreation and parks department,” said mayoral committee member for community services and health Patricia van der Ross said.