'Lwandle inquiry left questions unanswered'

The Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements says the probe failed to answer important questions.

FILE: Hundreds of illegal squatters were forcibly removed off land owned by Sanral in June. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Human Settlements

believes some questions weren't answered in the Lwandle Commission of Inquiry into the Nomzamo evictions.

Hundreds of illegal squatters were forcibly removed off land owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) in June.

Many were left destitute, prompting Human Settlements Minster Lindiwe Sisulu to set up the inquiry to probe the process of the forced removals.

The inquiry, which concluded last month, found that the eviction was unlawful. It also said the City of Cape Town and police, among others, acted illegally.

The commission found Sanral had no right to remove the families and should have prevented the squatters from occupying the property.

But members of the Human Settlements Committee say the probe fails to answer the question of who led the squatters to the vacant piece of land.

Some Members of Parliament have also questioned whether affected families will be compensated.

The three-month investigation saw those affected by evictions give their account of what happened over the two day eviction period.

Law enforcement authorities were also questioned about their role in the forced removals.

The report has also been tabled in Parliament.

Last week, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille dismissed the Lwandle Commission of Inquiry as a complete waste of time and money.