De Lille: Lwandle Inquiry a waste of time

De Lille says the ANC continues to abuse legal instruments to score the very cheapest of political points.

Patricia de Lille. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has dismissed the Lwandle Commission of Inquiry as a complete waste of time and money.

The inquiry, which investigated the forced removal of informal settlers from land near Strand in June, concluded last month.

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

The inquiry found that the eviction was unlawful.

It also said the City of Cape Town and police, among others, acted illegally.

De Lille told a full sitting of council that the entire exercise was futile.

"The ANC and its affiliated organisations continue to abuse legal instruments and inquiries to score the very cheapest of political points."

In reaction to the mayor's criticism of the African National Congress in Wednesday's council meeting, some councillors shouted from the benches, querying the costs of Western Cape Premier Helen Zille's Khayelitsha Commission of Inquiry.