Nomzamo residents return home

Evicted residents will be allowed to return to the Sanral-owned land on a temporary basis.

FILE:Evicted residents will be allowed to return to the Sanral-owned land on a temporary basis. Picture: Renee de Villiers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town, the Ses'khona Peoples' Rights movement and some Nomzamo ward councillors have agreed that the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) must take responsibility for rebuilding the 849 structures meant for evicted Nomzamo residents.

Hundreds of informal settlers were evicted from their homes built on land owned by Sanral in an embarrassing evictions debacle just over a week ago.

The roads agency had obtained a High Court interdict for the removal of the residents as they were squatting on the land illegally.

Authorities tried to relocate some of the evicted families to open land in Blackheath, but the move was slammed by outraged Blackheath residents.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille subsequently announced evicted residents will be allowed to return to the land they were evicted from on a temporary basis.

In the meantime, the City of Cape Town will make arrangements to have Nomzamo residents moved to a new area in Macassar in nine months.

Mayoral spokesperson Pierrinne Leukes says the parties will meet with Sanral to discuss their decision.

"The City of Cape Town will supply 45 chemical toilets that will be replaced by full flush toilets in two months. The Housing Development Agency will consult with Eskom to provide electricity."