Nomzamo - Authorities play blame game
The City of CT, Sanral & the Human Settlements Dept are blaming each other for Nomzamo.
- City of Cape Town
- Cape Town MayorPatricia de Lille
- Nomzamo evictions
- Cape Town Mayor
- The South African National Roads Agency SANRAL
- South African National Roads Agency Limited
- Lwandle informal settlement
- Strand informal settlement evictions
- Human Settlements Department
- Blackheath residents not happy with Nomzamo settlers
- Western Cape Human Settlements Department
- Ndivhuwo Mabaya
- Blackheath community
CAPE TOWN - While the fate of hundreds of Nomzamo residents remains uncertain following their eviction from an informal settlement in Strand, the City of Cape Town, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the Department of Human Settlements are all blaming one another for the debacle.
Last week, dozens of families were forcibly removed from their homes situated on private land owned by Sanral.
Sanral had obtained a court order to have the illegal squatters evicted because of its intentions to use the land to build new roads.
Watch: Nomzamo evictees in conflict over land
It's turned into a blame game yet again with human settlements department's spokesman Ndivhuwo Mabaya saying the city and Western Cape government should take responsibility for their role in the eviction drama.
"They must make sure that we are able to move those people to temporary land."
The municipality initially distanced itself from the issue when authorities moved into forcibly remove informal settlers in Nomzamo.
The city did however eventually provide temporary alternative accommodation.
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says Sanral should be held responsible.
"The question is answered already. No one is to blame, but Sanral."
Watch: Cape evictions leave hundreds homeless
Meanwhile, some Blackheath residents are up in arms over plans to resettle the squatters in their area.
They say they don't want an informal settlement in their backyard.
Blackheath local Johan Strauss insists it's not a racial issue.
"The concern of the residents is not about colour, it's about our property, our security and the value of our property. We don't need a debate, it is logical that there are security fears."
Watch: What happened to Nomzamo's homeless?