Nomzamo: City of CT against the ropes

Evidence against the City of CT increases as the inquiry into forced evictions continues.

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

CAPE TOWN - Evidence against the City of Cape Town is mounting at the ministerial inquiry into the evictions of Nomzamo informal settlers near Lwandle in Strand.

The commission was set up by the Department of Human Settlements to investigate last month's forced eviction process, an act widely criticised by members of the public and the department.

On the first days of June, residents in Nomzamo were forcefully and some violently removed from their informal dwellings, most losing everything they owned.

The city immediately distanced itself from the evictions, claiming to not have been involved in discussions to remove the families who invaded privately-owned land illegally.

The land is owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).

The city maintains it was not involved in the planning around the controversial eviction process, saying in a statement, "It must be underscored that Sanral drove this process."

But testifying at the inquiry on Tuesday, Sanral's Fiona Bester disagreed.

"My honest opinion was that I was under the impression at all times that at least the city was aware of all steps at all times."

Strand Sheriff of the Court, Johan Burger, also told the ministerial inquiry of several meetings held prior to the eviction, in which he claims municipal officials were present.

This was echoed by Nomzamo ward councilor Mbuyiselo Matha's evidence.