Rain hampers Bapsfontein relocation process

2010-12-29 08:22

Wet conditions are hampering the relocation of families from the Bapsfontein informal settlement this morning, the Ekurhuleni Municipality says.

The informal settlement was declared unsafe for human habitation because of dolomite instability.

Dolomite is soluble and poses a danger to people living on dolomitic land, where cave-ins, known as sink holes, eventually occur.

Spokesperson for the Ekurhuleni Municipality Zweli Dlamini said this morning: “We are here ready to move the people but it’s raining and we are waiting to see if they are willing to move in the rain.”

Of the 3 180 families meant to be relocated, only 80 were moved yesterday.

The relocation was marred by unrest as about 500 angry community members protested against it.

Some blockaded roads with rubbish and burning tyres while others threw stones at police.

Dlamini said several people were arrested for public violence and that figures would be released later.

The relocation process is expected to run until mid-January and the families are first being moved to various temporary relocation points.

They will stay in temporary accommodation at N12 Highway Park in the area between Putfontein Road on the western side, Benoni Road on the east, N12 on the south and Chief Albert Luthuli Extension Three on the northern side.

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