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Nomzamo public hearings to begin today

A ministerial inquiry has been set up to investigate forced evictions in Nomzamo last month.

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

CAPE TOWN - The first round of public hearings following the eviction of Nomzamo residents kicks off today.

Hundreds of families were forcibly removed from their homes in an informal settlement in Nomzamo near Lwandle, just outside Strand, last month.

The land, which is privately owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), has apparently been earmarked for a road building project.

It's understood the agency obtained a court order to have the group removed.

But the move left many destitute.

More than a month ago hundreds of families watched as authorities destroyed their shacks.

Residents were forced to rescue whatever possessions they could before their homes were demolished.

The evictions prompted Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to set up a task team to investigate the matter.

The task team then decided to hold public hearings, which are set to kick off today.

The department's Vusi Tshose says these hearings play an integral role in the investigation.

"Conducting hearings of this magnitude are not just about complying, the process is a platform where you need to interact and understand in order to come up with a clear recommendation."

The public hearings consist of four rounds in which Sanral will also be making oral submissions.

Watch: _Cape evictions leave hundreds homeless _

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