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Nomzamo - Authorities play blame game

The City of CT, Sanral & the Human Settlements Dept are blaming each other for Nomzamo.

Evicted Nomzamo residents in Blackheath as they resfused to be relocated to a new piece of land where they were expected to build their houses on 9 June 2014. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.

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.

But when authorities tried to relocate Nomzamo residents to a piece of land in Blackheath, locals there opposed the move.

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?

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