Macassar locals unhappy with housing process

Violent protests erupted last week after locals heard Nomzamo evictees could be relocated to the area.

Violent protests erupted last week after locals heard Nomzamo evictees could be relocated to Macassar. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Macassar community leader on Wednesday said backyard dwellers were unhappy with the City of Cape Town's housing process.

A series of violent demonstrations erupted last week after locals heard Nomzamo evictees would be relocated to the area.

The council made numerous attempts to relocate the residents, who were evicted from land owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).

This after the agency obtained an interdict in the high court.

Sanral said the residents were squatting on the land illegally.

Blackheath residents in the north of Cape Town also protested against a plan to move Nomzamo evictees onto open land in the area.

At least 16 people were arrested for public violence in Macassar.

This prompted Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille to send officials to the area to inform residents about their ranking on the council's housing list.

She said Macassar residents who had been on the waiting list the longest would get homes first.

African National Congress (ANC) councillor Rhoda Bezier says there are more than 5,000 backyard dwellers who want guarantees.