Nomzamo: Inquiry to hold public hearings

Public hearings will be carried out to give affected parties a chance to state their case.

Inquiry chairperson Advocate Denzil Potgieter (Centre) says the submission process took place last week. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A ministerial inquiry, established to investigate the forced removal of informal settlers from Nomzamo near Strand, says public hearings will now be conducted.

Hundreds of people were evicted from their homes, situated on land owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) several weeks ago.

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The commission of inquiry, set up by Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, is now turning to the public for help and has announced public hearings will be carried out in an effort to give those affected by the evictions a chance to state their case.

Inquiry chairperson Advocate Denzil Potgieter says the submission process took place last week but he could not confirm how many have been received.

He however adds that Sanral will be part of the public hearings.

Potgieter says there'll be two rounds of public hearings, which are expected to start next month and the commission then has three months in which to finalise its work.