Nomzamo inquiry: Residents to testify

Four evictees will today recount how they were forcibly removed from informal dwellings.

Forced evictions took place in Nomzamo on 4 June 2014. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Four residents from the Nomzamo informal settlement near Lwandle in Strand will today recount the events of the day they were forcibly removed from their homes on land belonging to the South African National Roads Agency Limited(Sanral).

More community members could be called to testify later this week.

The commission of inquiry, set up by the Human Settlements Department, is investigating the controversial eviction process, which took place at the beginning of June and was widely criticised.

It's expected to be an emotional day for the four residents, as they recall how their shacks were torn down, leaving them destitute.

Sanral officials who gave testimony at the inquiry claim the community members were given an opportunity to break down their own structures.

The agency's Shaun Hornby told the inquiry last week that on the day the evictions were carried out some residents became unruly and set fire to the shacks.

Many people lost their belongings and others claim they were treated inhumanely.