Nomzamo residents knew land was private

Residents say they knew they were occupying private land when they first settled there.

FILE:Residents say they knew they were occupying private land when they first settled there in December. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town residents who had built their shacks on privately owned property say the land owner should have been more clear that invasion of the property was illegal.

Authorities descended on the Nomzamo community three times this year to remove the people who occupied the piece of land which belongs to roads agency, the South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral).

Sanral obtained a court order and carried out an eviction in February followed by two more in early June.

Residents have told the Lwandle Inquiry they knew they were occupying private land when they first settled there in December. They say the first evictions in February came as no surprise but people returned when they saw five shacks remained on the property.

Sanral then waited another four months before another round of evictions. Nomzamo say this time it came unannounced and it violated their rights.