Nomzamo: Blame cast from all directions

The DA has accused the ANC of trying to score political mileage out of the evictions.

People living in the Nomzamo informal settlement have had their shacks destroyed just ahead of a cold front that is set to bring gale force winds and rain. Picture: EWN/Lauren Isaacs.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) has accused the ANC of trying to score political mileage out of the eviction of families in the Nomzamo informal settlement

People living in the informal settlement in Strand have had their shacks destroyed just ahead of a cold front that is set to bring gale force winds and rain.

The land is owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) which is enforcing a court interdict by removing people living on the privately owned land.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa claims the DA is punishing people for voting for the ruling party.

But DA national spokesperson Phumzile Van Damme says the ANC is off the mark.

"The blame of these evictions should squarely be laid at the door of the Minister of Transport and Sanral not the DA or the City of Cape Town."

Van Damme says Sanral decided to act against the families living on its land without telling the City of Cape Town in advance.

"Sanral got an interdict in February this year preventing people from living on that land. They then put that interdict into effect yesterday without telling the city what they were doing."

She also says Sanral and the Department of Transport should have taken steps to ensure people were not left homeless.

At the same time, Sanral has said the squatters were timeously informed they needed to vacate the land.

The roads agency will use the land for a project along the N2 highway.

Earlier today, authorities were erecting barbed wire fencing where several shacks had been successfully demolished.

Firefighters also intervened as shacks were burnt while authorities moved to evict the illegal squatters.