Nomzamo: Residents 'not ready' to rebuild homes

A Nomzamo ward councillor says he is doubtful families will start rebuilding their homes today.

Children in Nomzamo search through rubble to try and  source material to rebuild their home on 13 June 2014. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Nomzamo ward councillor says he is doubtful families will start rebuilding their homes today.

Nomzamo ward councillor Mbuyiselo Matha says he still needs to meet with South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) officials to ensure they provide some building materials.

The City of Cape Town has agreed to provide evicted residents with temporary housing structures and portable toilets.

Hundreds of people were left destitute when they were kicked off land owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on 2 June.

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

A number of community members clashed with police over the forced eviction, prompting a protest that saw the burning down of some shack dwellings.

The evictions, which took place in the middle of a cold front in the Western Cape, triggered a public outcry prompting government to intervene.

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.