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Evicted home invaders to be dealt with

WC Human Settlements MEC will assess the damages done to Govt homes by invaders.

Western Cape Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Western Cape Human Settlements Department at the weekend said it will assess the damage done to privately built houses near Eerste River after a group of invaders vandalised the property when they were evicted.

Authorities evicted the group of Gugulethu residents on Sunday after they invaded the houses on Saturday.

The department told Eyewitness News that of the 800 units built more than two years ago, 600 were given to residents for free and the rest bonded.

The illegal occupants however also want to claim the bonded units for free.

Provincial Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela said his intensions are to meet with residents and land invaders soon to discuss their concerns.

"In order for these people to qualify for these units they must get approval from the bank. Almost all these people were rejected by the bank, which means they cannot qualify to be assisted. They are claiming that those houses were promised to them and they feel entitled to them, this is one of the reasons they decided to invade them."

Nine of the home invaders have also been arrested and charged with public violence.