Lwandle evictees relocation met with anger

2014-06-10 09:07
Children of Lwandle evictees. (EWN, Twitter)

Children of Lwandle evictees. (EWN, Twitter)

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Cape Town - The city’s eviction drama has taken another turn as tensions rose between Blackheath residents and their new neighbours who were moved from Lwandle last week.

On Monday many of the 800 families who were removed last week from Lwandle, Strand, following a court order from Sanral were moved to Blackheath where a piece of land was found for them to rebuild their homes, reports said.

But the move was met with anger from Blackheath locals who said they had not been consulted and refused to have “squatters” in their area.

One resident told the Cape Argus that she feared for the safety of her children while another said local schools would be overcrowded.

Bickering politicians

On Monday evening, Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille held a meeting with angry residents.  

According to News24 user Marvin Borcherds, who was present at the meeting, De Lille suggested that Sanral move the evictees back to Lwandle until proper accommodation had been found.

Meanwhile, Lwandle evictees say they just want a piece of land on which to settle, Eyewitness News reports.

Hundreds of families living on SA National Roads Agency's (Sanral) land next to the N2 highway in Lwandle, near Somerset West, were evicted on Monday and Tuesday last week because of an interim court order.

And as residents and evictees fight over land, politicians bicker about who is to blame for the situation.

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said the "real story" behind the evictions was a political one.

"The 2016 local election campaign has begun. That is the prism through which to understand the Lwandle occupations and evictions," she said in her latest SA Today newsletter, published on the Democratic Alliance website.

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said the fault lay with Zille as the premier should have taken responsibility for Lwandle squatters from day one.
- News24
Read more on:    sanral  |  lindiwe sisulu  |  patricia de lille  |  helen zille  |  cape town  |  lwandle evictions  |  housing  |  land
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