Squatters vacate council land

Breede River Valley Municipality said residents, who invaded council land, vacated the property earlier.

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CAPE TOWN - A group of Zwelethemba shack dwellers who invaded council-owned land have vacated the property, the Breede River Valley Municipality said on Wednesday.

Last week, around 100 people cleared grass and trees from the site to erect their own shacks.

One resident said most of the people were backyard dwellers.

Municipal spokesperson Johan Botha said, "We will get an interdict to make sure that this does not happen again. It is illegal to erect [structures] on that specific piece of land."

In March, Western Cape Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela admitted that the province was facing a housing backlog dating back 24 years.

According to Madikizela, the City of Cape Town alone has about 400,000 people waiting for houses.

In the Western Cape alone, around 500,000 people are waiting for housing.