Court halts construction of Amazon's Africa HQ on sacred land

Court halts construction of Amazon's Africa HQ on sacred land

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Key Facts

  • Judge Patricia Goliath said in a ruling on Friday that Liesbeek Leisure Properties Trust (LLPT), owner of the 37-acre site in Cape Town, must stop construction immediately pending "proper and meaningful consultation" with the Khoi and San indigenous populations.
  • The residential and commercial development is being constructed at the confluence of two rivers, near grazing lands that hosted ceremonies and where indigenous people fought European invaders, the ruling said.
  • The City of Cape Town — which is listed as a respondent in the case — said last year that the 4 billion rand ($268 million) site would house Amazon's African headquarters.
  • The Liesbeek Action Campaign, which is fighting the development, welcomed the court's decision, and said the site represents the "Ground Zero of resistance to colonial intrusion in South Africa ... that can never be buried in concrete."

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