Illegal dwellers want a permanent home

A group of CT illegal dwellers have moved from pillar to post in search of shelter but keep getting removed.

Tafelsig protesters outside the Western Cape High Court on 27 July 2011. Picture: Catherine Rice/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A group of illegal squatters in Mitchells Plain said on Saturday all they want is a piece of land to build a life for their families.

The group of about 12 families were part of the land invasion in Tafelsig on the eve of the 2011 local government elections.

The families then moved to land owned by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) at the Kapteinsklip, Railway Station.

But they were recently removed after a court ruling.

The squatters said they've gone from pillar to post in the past year and a half.

After their eviction from the land at Kapteinsklip they moved to another piece of land nearby, owned by the City of Cape Town.

They said they have nowhere else to go yet law enforcement officials demolish their shelters and confiscate their meagre belongings on an almost daily basis.

Liesl Stuurman said she fears for the wellbeing of her three-month-old-child.

She said they don't have access to water, electricity or ablution facilities and can only pray that her baby adapts to this lifestyle until they find somewhere to call home.