Lwandle evictions hearings set to start

2014-07-14 07:58
People watch as their dwellings are dismantled in Lwandle, near Cape Town. (Rodger Bosch, AFP)

People watch as their dwellings are dismantled in Lwandle, near Cape Town. (Rodger Bosch, AFP)

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Johannesburg - Public hearings into the eviction of illegal shack dwellers in Lwandle, Cape Town, are expected to begin on Monday.

The hearings form part of an inquiry, set up by the housing ministry, into the removal of 849 families from Sanral-owned land on 2 and 3 June. Some of the dwellings were demolished and others set alight.

The first round of hearings, expected to focus on submission by the various entities involved in the evictions, are scheduled to begin at the Good Hope Sub-Council building in central Cape Town at 10:00.

The evicted residents were expected to testify during the second round of hearings.

The commission will look at the how the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) applied for and obtained a court order allowing the evictions; the roles of the sheriff, City of Cape Town, metro police, the SA Police Service, and other government entities.

The commission is also tasked with establishing who the affected Lwandle residents are and why they occupied the land while there was a waiting list for the provision of government housing.

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu is to be presented with the commission's findings and recommendations.

The commission, headed by advocate Denzil Potgieter, has until 5 August to conclude the inquiry.

The other members of the commission are Nomhle Dambuza, Mampe Ramotsamai, Butch Steyn, Annelize van Wyk, and Barnabas Xulu.
Read more on:    lindiwe sisulu  |  cape town  |  lwandle evictions  |  housing  |  land

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