Nomzamo evictions 'an evil deed'

A community leader says a pregnant woman was allegedly kicked by a police officer.

FILE: A community leader says a pregnant woman was allegedly kicked by a police officer during the forced removals. Picture: Siyabonga/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Nomzamo community leader on Thursday described the evictions, which took place during a heavy cold front, as an "evil deed".

This emerged during testimony at the Nomzamo Commission of Inquiry, which was set up by Human Settlements Minster Lindiwe Sisulu.

The hearing is probing the events that led to the forced removal of the illegal squatters on 2 June.

Hundreds of homes were destroyed on land owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).

A community leader, who identified herself only as Conjwe, says she witnessed the violent evictions after she was called by people whose shacks were being demolished.

She shut her eyes as she recalled the moment a pregnant woman was allegedly kicked by a police officer.

Conjwe also said she was horrified when she witnessed a young man being shot in his face with a rubber bullet.

The community leader had harsh words for both Sanral and City of Cape Town officials.

She blamed both parties for what she described as an "evil deed".