'The Nomzamo truth must come out'

The second day of public hearings into the forced removals is currently underway.

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

CAPE TOWN - An eyewitness testifying at the inquiry into the Nomzamo evictions drama says he wants the truth to come out.

The second day of public hearings into the forced removal of hundreds of people from land owned the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on 2 June is currently underway in Cape Town.

Sanral had obtained a High Court interdict for the removal of the residents as they were squatting on the land illegally.

The human settlements ministry established the inquiry after the evictions,which took place in the middle of a cold front in the Western Cape, triggered a public outcry.

Authorities tried to relocate some of the evicted families to open land in Blackheath, but the move was slammed by outraged Blackheath residents.

Eyewitness Tim Flack showed the commission photographs he took on the day of the forced evictions.

He said the brutal nature of the evictions left him in shock

"I would like the truth to come out and also for awareness to be created about the violent nature of these evictions."

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is expected to address the inquiry later today.

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

FIRST HOME HANDED OVER

The first of the rebuilt Nomzamo homes were handed over to the evictees yesterday.

Lulama Ndevu, a mother of three was the first person to receive a home.

She was nearly nine months pregnant at the time and lost all her belongings during the, at the time of the violent, eviction.

After giving birth to a baby boy last week, Ndevu's family got settled into their new home in time for the baby's arrival.

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu prioritised helping Ndevu.

Ndevu told Eyewitness News she can't explain how she feels, especially after living in a crowded community hall with hundreds of other people for more than a month.