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Nomzamo evictees to start rebuilding

Govt says evicted families will be able to build structures on new land and get basic services.

A woman and her baby sit on a matress in the Nomzamo Community Hall on 4 June 2014 following their forced eviction. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Hundreds of people forcibly evicted from land owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) in Nomzamo could start rebuilding their homes today.

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says the roads agency has offered alternative land to affected residents.

The settlers were left destitute on Monday after they were forcibly removed from a piece of privately-owned land in the area, but the move turned violent and has been widely condemned.

Sisulu says the evicted families will be able to build structures on new land and get basic services while they join the queue for housing.

A six-member team also been tasked to begin an inquiry into the forced evictions.

The inquiry will be led by advocate Denzil Potgieter with lawyer Barnabas Xulu providing legal advice.

Other members include former ANC Member of Parliament (MP) and chairperson of Parliament's Portfolio Committee Annelize Van Wyk and former Democratic Alliance MP Butch Steyn who served on Parliament's Housing Portfolio Committee.

"The inquiry will investigate the circumstances under which the removal took place, including the history, the facts leading up to the application for and obtaining the court order by Sanral."

The role of police force will also be in scrutiny. The inquiry has two months to complete its work and to report back to the minister.

SIQALO RESIDENTS CONCERNED

Some Siqalo informal settlement residents in the Mitchells' Plain area say the Nomzamo evictions have them worried.

The squatter camp is also built on privately owned land.

A court case has been put on hold while the City of Cape Town conducts a survey in the area to establish the exact number of residents in the informal settlement.

Community leader Zolani Tantsi says, "People are scared because there's no certainty toward getting a good residential area where people can put this informal settlement. So we're urging on government to support us and help us."

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