Lwandle Inquiry: Last call for submissions

The commission has called on the public to make a final round of submissions on the forced evictions.

FILE: Inquiry spokesperson Vusi Tshose says that while evidence has already been heard at the inquiry, further submissions can still be made. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Lwandle Commission of Inquiry has called on the public to make a final round of submissions regarding the controversial forced evictions of hundreds of informal settlers near Strand.

Hundreds were forcibly removed from their homes on private land owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) in June.

Sanral, the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape government have all deflected the blame for the violent evictions.

The roads agency maintains it had obtained a High Court order for the removals as the residents were occupying privately-owned land earmarked for a project involving the N2 highway.

This prompted Human Settlements Minster Lindiwe Sisulu to set up the inquiry to probe the process of the forced removals.

The hearings started in July.

Inquiry spokesperson Vusi Tshose says that while evidence has already been heard, further submissions can still be made.

"We are calling on all other interested parties with regards to this inquiry, to come forward. This is the last opportunity that we are affording them to come forward. If we decide we need to have hearings with those relevant parties, we will do so."

The commission says there is no room for error with its investigation into the evictions.

It says it needs to hear as many submissions as possible to ensure the probe has been thorough.

The public have until 15 September to hand in written submissions.

Meanwhile, the South African Police Service will establish a priority committee to deal with illegal land invasions across Cape Town.

City of Cape Town officials have recently struggled to keep people away from property that does not belong to them.