Strand squatters forcibly removed

Sanral says it's acting within the law following the eviction in the Lwandle informal settlement.

Residents of the Lwandle informal settlement in Strand have been forcibly removed from their homes. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has told Eyewitness News it's acting within the law following the eviction of several squatters at an informal settlement in Strand.

Hundreds of families have been forcibly removed from their homes in the Lwandle informal settlement in Strand.

Sanral says it successfully obtained a court order to evict the residents occupying private land earmarked for a special project along the N2.

Sanral's Vusi Mona says the land was declared part of a national road in terms of section 40 of the South African National Roads Agency Limited and National Roads Act of 1998.

He says community members were notified about the court order in January.

A Strand home-owner told Eyewitness News his house was vandalised by angry residents who were evicted.

He also says a nearby home was petrol-bombed.