Itireleng families go to court
Johannesburg - The Anti-Privatisation Forum (APF) will lodge an application in the North Gauteng High Court on Thursday to force the government to find housing for evicted Itireleng residents.
"We will apply for an urgent high court hearing in order to force government to find alternative accommodation for these people," APF organiser Mashau Chauke told Sapa on Wednesday.
"Government has a responsibility towards these people, after all they are its people."
The group, about 500 families, was on Monday evicted from land in Laudium, Pretoria belonging to cement company PPC and their shacks demolished.
Chauke said the residents moved onto private property as the government had failed to deliver on its promise to build them RDP houses.
"We held a night vigil last night [Tuesday] in solidarity with the evicted residents. We're saying we are together and we struggle together," Chauke said.
However member of the Tshwane mayoral committee for housing and development Sydney Nkwashu said the government was under no obligation to find accommodation for the residents.
"These people did not come from the moon. They came from somewhere and that's where they should go back [to]. Government cannot tolerate lawlessness."