Lwandle Inquiry resumes next week

An inquiry was set up to investigate the controversial eviction of dozens off privately owned land.

Residents of an informal settlement in Strand were forcibly removed from their homes in the Lwandle informal settlement. Picture: EWN/Lauren Isaacs

CAPE TOWN - An inquiry which is investigating the controversial eviction of dozens of Cape Town families off privately-owned land is set to resume early next week.

The Lwandle Inquiry has been set up by the National Human Settlements Department following the June second removal of the Nomzamo community.

More than 200 families were violently evicted after the property owner, the South African Roads Agency Limited ( Sanral), obtained a court order.

A humanitarian crisis followed with many destitute people forced to cram into a community hall for several weeks.

Inquiry spokesperson, Vusi Tshose says, "We started with the entities and the government institution as well as the invested parties. Now we are hearing from the people that were affected on the day of the evictions."

Sanral says it had no choice but to remove hundreds of people off its land as shacks were being erected at 'lightning speed'.