Nomzamo residents still suffering months after evictions

The situation remains bleak for around 100 residents.

Small children playing outside in Nomzamo on 10 February 2015. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Nearly eight months after the violent Nomzamo evictions in Strand near Cape Town, about 100 people are still living in a community hall in the area.

Last June, authorities evicted hundreds of people from land owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) earmarked for a project.

A spaza shop in Nomzamo.

The move was widely condemned and following an inquiry set up by Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, residents have been allowed to return to the land.

Majority of residents have been allocated housing, electricity and ablution facilities as promised by the city.

But, the situation for those who are still living in the Nomzamo community hall remains the same.

This 20-year-old woman says the living conditions at a community hall in Nomzamo are depressing.

When EWN visited the hall, many had already left for the day in search of food.

Jobless, hungry and sick, residents in the hall say they're suffering with sicknesses which include diarrhoea and Tuberculosis (TB) due to their poor living conditions.

Mattresses and blankets can be seen elevated on stacks of chairs lined along the face-brick walls.

For many of the members of this community, their make-shift beds and the clothes on their backs are all they have left.

Images by EWN's Thomas Holder & Lauren Isaacs