MEC to find land for evicted Alex residents

Officials from the provincial human settlements department visited the residents on Thursday.

FILE: More than 25 families have been evicted from a plot in Alexandra, northern Johannesburg on 4 June 2014. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng provincial government says it will consider finding permanent accommodation for close to 100 people evicted from a plot in Alexandra, north of Johannesburg.

Officials from the municipality and the provincial human settlements department visited some of the residents on 1st avenue on Thursday who slept in the cold after being evicted on Wednesday.

MEC Jacob Mamabolo says his department will challenge the eviction order.

"The allegation that the way the eviction was conducted, with the court order, there's something very wrong with them.

"We've instructed officials to immediately to contact the South African Human rights Commission to check issues relating to human right violence with respect to how the eviction was carried out."

According to community leader Bruce Serale, between 100 and 200 shacks were demolished.

"We have children and they slept outside and they had to go to school today."

Serale said the court papers issued on Wednesday were dated 2011, raising speculation among residents that the evictions are illegal or linked to corrupt deals.