Tensions high as Strand evictions continue

2014-06-03 11:37
A woman sobs as she watches her home being dismantled. (EWN, Twitter)

A woman sobs as she watches her home being dismantled. (EWN, Twitter)

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Cape Town - Tensions remain high in an informal settlement where residents have been evicted from land owned by the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).

People tried desperately to save their possessions as their homes were dismantled on Monday and Tuesday morning.


A woman is consoled after her shack was set alight. (EWN, Twitter)

Sanral has told EWN that it is acting within the confines of the law and that the land had been earmarked for the re-routing of the N2.

The ANC blamed the Democratic Alliance for the evictions and said it was punishment to people for not voting DA but the Western Cape government distanced itself from the incident, Sapa reports.  

The municipality's human settlements MMC Siyabulela Mamkeli said the eviction was the enforcement of a Western Cape High Court order granted earlier this year to Sanral.

Cosatu in the Western Cape said it was outraged by the treatment of the evicted people and said “police are clearly guilty of abuse”.

“This eviction disregards the people’s desperate need for housing and basic human dignity,” Cosatu’s Geraldine Kennedy said in a statement.

On Monday, Western Cape Premier Helen Zille tweeted: “City was negotiating with SANRAL to buy and upgrade the land. When City said NO to E-Tolls, SANRAL pulled out and evicted the ppl [sic].”

The body called for alternative land to be made available.

Should you wish to assist those affected, donations can be left at The Bookery in Plein Street in Cape Town’s CBD.

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