Lwandle hearings to begin

By Drum Digital
14 July 2014

The hearing of the controversial eviction of more than 800 families who lived in Lwandle township will begin today.

The Good Hope Sub-Council building in central Cape Town will today hear submissions from entities involved in the controversial eviction of more than 800 families who lived in Lwandle township.

The hearing is part of an inquiry headed by the housing ministry. The evictees are expected to testify during the second round of hearings.

On June 2, 849 families were forcefully removed from land owned b the South African Roads Agency (Sanral), with some of these shacks being demolished and set on fire.

The role of the commission will be to establish who the Lwandle residents are and how they came to live on this while waiting for government housing.

The inquiry will also look into the various roles played by the sheriff, the City of Cape Town, the South African Police Service and other government entities as well as how a court order for the eviction was obtained.

The commission has until August 5 to report its findings, which will be reported to Human Settlements Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu.

-SAPA

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