Sisulu: Lwandle inquiry report worthwhile

The report probing the circumstances surrounding the forced removal of people was handed over yesterday.

FILE: A woman weeps after her shack was destroyed by fire as police carried out mass evictions in Nomzamo near Strand in Cape Town. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says the R4 million spent on the inquiry into evictions in the Cape Town township of Lwandle, was money well spent.

The commission probed the circumstances surrounding the forced removal of hundreds of people from privately-owned land near Strand.

More than 800 illegal settlers in Nomzamo were forcibly evicted off land owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited in June.

The inquiry's spokesperson Vusi Tshose s aid the recommendations would be reviewed before it is handed over to the minister.

"We feel that we have done all the work in terms of the community field work. Now it's up to us to finalise and put some final points in our report," he said.

The 296 page report was handed over to Sisulu on Wednesday.

Sisulu says this was a worthwhile investment as she promises to ensure people are no longer subjected to the harsh actions that often accompany mass evictions.

"It became important that we respond to how people feel about the way that this matter had unfolded and also respond to the plight of the people of Lwandle."

She says g overnment will do what is necessary to tighten its laws around this issue, and this process is just the start to ensuring evictions aren't part of a civil society.

The minister adds it will take about a week for her to apply her mind to the contents of the report, before sharing them with Parliament's human settlements portfolio committee.