Nomzamo residents still in shelters

Evicted residents won’t move back into their re-erected home until construction is complete.

Children in Nomzamo searching through rubble trying to source material to rebuild their house on 13 June 2014. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Nomzamo residents who were evicted from their homes last month are spending their fourth weekend at a local community hall.

More than 200 families took refuge there after their homes, built on land owned by the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral), were destroyed during the violent eviction process.

More than 100 structures have since been re-erected on the same piece of land as a temporary accommodation plan.

Strand community worker Brentino Hannes says residents won't be moving back until most of the construction is completed.

"From day to day they get fed in the hall, social services are provided and food and health facilities and the people are patient until their requirement is fully provided."

Nomzamo residents were initially going to be relocated to a piece of land in Blackheath after Sanral obtained a court order for their removal.

But Nomzamo and Blackheath residents clashed violently, with calls for the City of Cape Town to intervene.

Nomzamo evictees were then rumoured to be relocated to Macassar near Mitchells Plain.

This sparked protests in Macassar over housing issues and service delivery.

Nomzamo residents are now allowed to remain on the Sanral-owned land while a ministerial commission of inquiry into their eviction is conducted.

The inquiry, which was established by Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, is chaired by Advocate Denzil Potgieter.

But Potgieter has made it clear his team's mandate doesn't include dealing with the resettlement of Nomzamo residents.

Public hearings are expected to take place at the commission soon.