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Squatters living on land earmarked for school

Three hundred Lapland residents have been given six months to find alternative accomodation.

FILE: Lapland residents protested on 3 June after being issued with eviction notices. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality says the 300 Lapland residents, who were issued with eviction notices earlier this week, have built their homes on land earmarked for a primary school.

Police say calm has been restored to the area after community members protested against the eviction notices on Wednesday.

Officers fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the crowd who took to the streets, blocking roads with rocks and burning tyres.

Residents have been given six months to find alternative accommodation.

Ward Councillor Monde Vaaltyn says the residents knew what the land was meant for.

"Whenever we discussed any new development in meetings we mentioned the intentions we had for the land. You must remember children in the area have to walk a long distance to school."