Nomzamo residents defend Ses'khona

Nomzamo residents have refuted claims that Ses’khona sold plots on land owned by Sanral.

FILE: Nomzamo residents at the inquiry have refuted claims that Ses’khona sold plots on land owned by Sanral.

CAPE TOWN - Controversial civil rights group, Ses'khona Movement, has been praised at the Nomzamo Inquiry.

The probe is looking into the circumstances around the eviction of hundreds of families off land owned by South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) in June.

Several evicted Nomzamo residents at the inquiry have refuted claims that Ses'khona sold plots on land owned by Sanral.

Police are investigating allegations by the Western Cape Government that Ses'khona sold plots in the area for up to R2,500.

The Western Cape human settlerment department says it has evidence that the organisation's leaders sold these plots before the June evictions.

Residents testifying at the inquiry have defended the movement saying the organisation had done nothing but supported them throughout their struggle for housing.

The inquiry also heard the evictees knew their shacks were built on privately-owned land.

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

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