Lwandle was a political ploy

2014-11-04 13:00

The article “Lwandle’s poor must have their dignity restored” by Thami Ka Plaatjie (City Press, October 26 2014) once more proved the Lwandle inquiry was little more than a political hit squad.

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and her sidekick, Ka Plaatjie, should please answer the following question: Did we have to spend R4?million on an inquiry to determine whether Sanral acted lawfully on June 2 and 3 this year?

While the minister jumped at the opportunity to waste taxpayers’ money by enriching her comrades through the facade of an inquiry, the City facilitated humanitarian assistance to those affected. This included mattresses, blankets, hot meals three times a day, vanity packs and baby packs. This is in addition to the shelter that we continue to provide at the Nomzamo hall.

The City of Cape Town did not appear before the Lwandle inquiry due to the fact that, on three separate occasions, we wrote to Minister Sisulu questioning the legal standing of the inquiry, but we received no substantial response.

The City was never consulted on the terms of reference and composition of the inquiry, as required by law.

We did provide a comprehensive written submission to the inquiry.

What is telling is that affidavits and supplementary evidence detailing the proactive role of the ANC-front organisation Ses’Khona in driving the illegal land invasions was ignored by the inquiry.

We actively and repeatedly encouraged Sanral, as the owner of the land, to act responsibly. Ka Plaatjie accuses the City of instructing Sanral through a letter to evict the residents off their land.

The letter sent to Sanral is a standard letter sent to private land owners when their land has been illegally invaded.

It was sent with the wellbeing and safety of the residents in mind. Instead, the minister and her hit squad chose to interpret this as triggering the evictions. Allegations further from the truth do not exist. What is lamentable is that Minister Sisulu spends more time politicking than focusing on her actual mandate, which is to deliver houses to those in need.

Leukes is spokesperson for Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille

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