Nomzamo: Makgoba questions timing of evictions

Cape Town Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba said people were removed in the cold.

Cape Town Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba said people were removed in the cold. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba questioned the timing of the eviction of Nomzamo residents in the Western Cape.

Hundreds of people were forcibly removed from the informal settlement near Strand this week after the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) obtained a court interdict.

Sanral said the illegal squatters were timeously informed they needed to vacate the land meant for a project along the N2 highway.

The residents are being housed at a local community hall, while plans are underway to provide alternative land for them.

Makgoba said people were removed in the cold.

"Why did they do it now? In such cold conditions, but in spite of that we shouldn't act in anger."

Meanwhile, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu told Eyewitness News the department will set up an inquiry to investigate the procedures and steps that led to the evictions.

Sisulu and her deputy Zou Kota-Fredericks said both the City of Cape Town and Sanral could have handled the dispute and the evictions differently.

The ministers argued if the two parties couldn't find a solution, they should have elevated the dispute to the provincial and national governments.

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Sisulu added that while government doesn't condone the illegal occupation of land, she's worried about the inhumane way in which women and children are being taken out of their homes during winter.