Nomzamo evictee angry with police

The woman says shack dwellers were given only 10 minutes to take all of their belongings.

FILE: The evictee says illegal shack dwellers were given only 10 minutes to take all of their belongings. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - An evicted Nomzamo resident on Thursday said they were given just 10 minutes to remove their belongings from shacks before police demolished the structures.

Locals are testifying at the Nomzamo Commission of Inquiry, set up by Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, to investigate the controversial eviction process.

Hundreds of families were forcibly removed off property belonging to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).

Nomzamo resident Sisanda Mbayimbayi appeared angry as she testified at the hearing.

She often raised her voice as she recalled the events on the day she lost most of her belongings.

The evictee says officers did not give residents enough time to take all of their belongings from their homes.

Mbayimbayi said it was physically impossible for her to carry out her bed, wardrobe and other household goods.

She told the hearing she only retrieved her handbag and lost all her belongings in the chaos that ensued when police fired rubber bullets and teargas.