Hundreds of Nomzamo residents still waiting for housing

Hundreds were forcibly removed from their homes on private land owned by Sanral in June.

FILE: Hundreds were forcibly removed from their homes on private land owned by Sanral in June. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - There are still hundreds of people left at the Nomzamo Community Hall which was meant to be a temporary shelter when dozens of families were evicted off privately-owned land in June.

While some evictees have been moved to new homes, over 300 people are still waiting at the hall.

This emerged on Wednesday during the Lwandle Commission of Inquiry which was set up to investigate the evictions.

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 chairperson Denzil Potgieter said the numbers following the controversial evictions don't quite add up.

He said the 483 structures that were built for the evictees in Nomzamo are all occupied.

They were moved back to the property following an outcry but were making use of the Nomzamo Community Hall while new shacks were being built.

Now, while the original evictees have been moved, over 300 people are still left at the hall.