Nomzamo residents might be compensated

Human Settlements Minister told Parliament that Sanral abused a court order to evict the families.

FILE: Public Service Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Hundreds of people who lost their belongings during chaotic evictions near Strand may be compensated.

The inquiry was set up to probe the forcible removal of hundreds of informal settlers in June.

It has found that the land owner, roads agency Sanral, obtained a court order and not an eviction order and therefore had no right to evict hundreds of families in Nomzamo.

"The court did not authorise the removal of any persons or structures already erected on the land therefore the evictions were illegal," said Minister of Human Settlements, Lindiwe Sisulu.

She says several parties are to be held liable.

"Mainly Sanral, the City of Cape Town, the Sherriff of Strand, police and other law enforcement agencies of the City."

She says the evictees should be reimbursed.

"The state should take the said and provide fair and just compensation for any loses of personal or other goods and belongings that were the properties of the evictees during the eviction."

The minister has described the Nomzamo evictions as despicable, immoral and criminal.