Nomzamo: Authorities are burning our shacks

Residents claim authorities are setting their shacks alight to enforce an eviction order.

Residents in Nomzamo claim authorities are deliberately setting their shacks alight. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Residents in Nomzamo informal settlement claimed that authorities deliberately set their shacks alight.

Authorities moved into the area for a second day to evict squatters who are occupying a piece of privately owned land there.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was granted a court order to have the squatters removed from the land.

Hundreds of people have already been evicted.

Sanral told Eyewitness News it was acting within the law in its eviction of the illegal squatters.

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

Firefighters arrived in Nomzamo as shacks were burnt while authorities moved in to evict residents.

Earlier authorities appealed to residents to leave the area but locals are standing firm.

"We've had enough and we're not going anywhere. They can kill us if they want to."

Dozens of families were left destitute and blamed Sanral among other authorities for not properly relocating them.

Many could spend another night in the cold this evening.

Meanwhile, the ANC in the Western Cape claimed the residents who were evicted were punished for not voting for the Democratic Alliance (DA).

But the DA-led City of Cape Town distanced itself from the evictions, and said it's the responsibility of the Sanral.

The ANC's Zizi Kodwa claimed the city should be taking more responsibility by giving services.