Mayor apologises to Macassar residents

De Lille has apologised for incorrect information about the relocation of evictees.

FILE: De Lille has apologised for incorrect information about the relocation of evictees. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Hundreds of displaced Nomzamo informal settlers who were left destitute after their houses were destroyed earlier this month appear to be in limbo yet again.

Residents were forcibly evicted from their homes in a move widely criticised by government.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has since apologised for incorrect information that was made public about the relocation of residents to a piece of land in Macassar.

De Lille addressed hundreds of angry Macassar residents at a public meeting on Thursday night following violent protests in the area this week after news of the relocation was made public.

The mayor condemned the violence and promised 2,500 housing opportunities in the area.

De Lille added that officials gave her the wrong information.

"City officials gave us information of a piece of land in Macassar where the city had already other plans and it had established a project steering committee to develop that land."

Sanral had obtained a court interdict to have residents removed from the land because they were squatting illegally and the roads agency intended using the land to build roads.

Over 800 people have been in limbo since waking up to the eviction on 2 June.