Lwandle Inquiry: Final hearing today

The commission will hold its final hearing today before wrapping up its investigation.

FILE: Residents of the Lwandle informal settlement were forcibly removed from their homes. Picture: EWN/Lauren Isaacs.

CAPE TOWN - The Lwandle Commission of Inquiry will hold its final hearing today before wrapping up its investigation.

In June, hundreds of informal settlers who had built their homes on land owned by roads agency, the South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral), were forcibly removed.

The City of Cape Town and Sanral both tried to shirk responsibility for the debacle.

This prompted Human Settlements Minster Lindiwe Sisulu to set up the inquiry to probe the evictions.

Inquiry spokesperson Vusi Tshose says the public was asked to make written submissions and those who did, will appear before the commission today.

"The three interested parties are an individual member of the public, the African National Congress in the Western Cape and the ratepayers association in that area."

Earlier this month, the National Association of Democratic Lawyers labelled the Western Cape housing crisis a ticking time bomb.

The organisation was one of the groups to submit recommendations to the inquiry probing the controversial eviction of a Cape Town community.

The organisation warned that more trouble loomed if housing issues were not dealt with efficiently.

It criticised authorities for its "apartheid style removal of the Nomzamo community" and recommended government develop official guidelines in dealing with mass removal.