‘No warning’ before city destroyed homes

2015-09-17 11:01
Busi Duma reacts after her three-bedroom house in Ezinketheni, near Northdale, was demolished on Tuesday.
PHOTO: 
Sabelo Nsele

Busi Duma reacts after her three-bedroom house in Ezinketheni, near Northdale, was demolished on Tuesday. PHOTO: Sabelo Nsele

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Pietermaritzburg - Residents of Ezinketheni, near Northdale, said they have absolutely no idea why their houses were demolished by the Msunduzi Municipality on Tuesday.

However, the municipality on Wednesday said that the houses had been illegally built on their land and residents were fully aware of this.

Msunduzi spokesperson Nqobile Madonda said the land belongs to the municipality and more houses are to be demolished.

“The houses in question are built illegally. They are under Eskom pylon lines, and there’s a reservoir in the area. Yes, residents were informed and are fully aware that they have put up their structures illegally,” said Madonda.

Those who had gone to work, school or shopping, found themselves homeless when they returned.

“It was hectic, if they found nobody at your house, they would demolish it. If they found you in your house, then you got a verbal warning that they are coming back today [Thursday],” said Siphamandla Ndlovu, a resident.

Ndlovu, who has been living in the area for the past decade, said no notice had been given prior to the houses being demolished.

“In fact, municipal officials came here on Monday and told us that the land belong to them and advised that no more houses must be built,” said Ndlovu.

“We then asked them to show us proof that the land belongs to them. After they could not provide us with proof, they then said we will have another meeting on Saturday,” he said.

Busi Duma said it had taken her three years to build her three-bedroom house.

“I was not even living here. I got a call telling me that there was going to be a meeting and that all house owners needed to be present,” said Duma.

“To my surprise, when I got here I saw people demolishing my house. I asked them to show me paperwork and they could not.”

Resident Musawenkosi Hlongwane said he did not know why the municipality connected him to their electricity supply if they were going to demolish his house.

Economic Freedom Fighters regional co-ordinator Prince Duma said they will hand over the matter to their legal team.

“We will occupy all of this area.”

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