Nomzamo locals fear the spread of illness

Around 300 evictees share two bathrooms with six toilets and hand basins.

Nomzamo residents were evicted from land owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) in Strand. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Evictees fear sicknesses are rapidly spreading through the Nomzamo Community Hall they're been housed in.

Around 300 people have been temporarily relocated to the community centre since the Strand informal settlement was demolished.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) obtained a high court order to forcefully remove the informal settlers from land earmarked for a project.

The agency said Nomzamo residents were living on the land illegally.

Families are waiting to move back onto the land as part of an agreement with the City of Cape Town and Sanral.

At the community hall, the Nomzamo evictees share two bathrooms with six toilets and hand basins.

Resident Gladys Mgidini fears germs will spread in the cramped living space as people sleep close to one another.

She says the spread of illnesses like the flu is inevitable with the cold and wet weather.

Meanwhile, the construction of shacks continues with the first 200 residents expected to return to Strand soon.