Lwandle Inquiry: Police conclude giving evidence

This week the commission heard evidence from police officials on how they dealt with the evictions.

This week the commission heard evidence from police officials on how they dealt with the evictions.

CAPE TOWN - Provincial police officials have concluded giving evidence at the inquiry probing the Lwandle evictions.

The inquiry was set up by the Ministry of Human Settlements.

T he forced removal of hundreds of people from land near Strand in June caused outrage.

This week the commission heard evidence from police officials on how they did their best to prevent violence during the evictions.

Video footage shown to the commission yesterday apparently showed community members trying to reason with police officers.

Whether or not the squatters had prior knowledge of the eviction plan was also scrutinised.

The commission will continue with administrative processes including compiling a report while it decides whether it needs to recall anyone to give further testimony..

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu recently extended the inquiry's term to 30 September.

The police commander who executed the Nomzamo evictions said they did not anticipate the violence which erupted.

Colonel Jimmy Lucas testified at the inquiry on Tuesday.

He maintained police did everything by the book when forcibly removing hundreds of illegal squatters off the property.

Lucas' testimony was scrutinised and criticised at times by commissioners at the inquiry.