Enkanini residents vow to stay

Residents say they will fight to stay on municipal-owned land after they were forcefully removed by the city.

Several people were arrested during protests in Enkanini on 19 August 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Informal settlers in Khayelitsha have vowed to fight to stay on municipal-owned land in the area.

Violence erupted on Tuesday as authorities tried to evict people who had invaded land in the Enkanini informal settlement.

Police have made at least one arrest after protests followed the forced removal of illegal squatters off municipal land on Tuesday.

The residents have been trying to occupy the land since Sunday.

An enraged resident says he has no money to buy material to rebuild his house.

"How am I going to build a new house now? Where am I going to get R6,000 to buy another house? Government can't give me that money. I struggled to get that money."

He claims to have nowhere else to go and therefore he's not planning on moving off the municipal property.

Some evicted residents are adamant they will re-invade the vacant piece of land opposite the informal settlement.

They say their patience has worn thin while waiting for housing.

Water cannons weren't enough to disperse the hundreds of protesters.

Officers resorted to stun grenades and rubber bullets in an attempt to control the crowd.

The city's JP Smith has lauded the work done by the Anti-land Invasion Unit.

The city has also welcomed an undertaking by the South African Police Service to establish a priority committee to deal with illegal land invasions across Cape Town.


Meanwhile, protests erupted in Philippi last week after police and city officials began evicting informal settlers in the area.

Numerous shacks and wooden structures were dismantled, sparking protests in the area.

The evictions follow the controversial evictions at the Nomzamo informal settlement in Strand.

Hundreds of Nomzamo residents were evicted from their shacks by officials in June.