Shack dwellers irate after homes demolished

2019-12-11 06:02
Some of the houses that were demolished in Pomeroy. photo: SUPPLIED

Some of the houses that were demolished in Pomeroy. photo: SUPPLIED

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SHACK dwellers in Pomeroy were left infuriated after their shacks were demolished last month.

More than 20 families had allegedly invaded a portion of a land earmarked for development in Pomeroy last year.

A resident in the area said:“We were made to understand that the owner of the farm is going to build a mall at the place where we had erected our temporal houses.

“Young business owners who were selling vegetables to the community lost their businesses after their houses were demolished. We have been relocated to a squatter camp with no electricity and water. It’s been three weeks since we arrived in the squatter camp [where we have] no basic services,” she said.

Residents claim that Ward Councillor Nkosinathi Majozi promised them that when they moved to a new place, they would have access to basic services.

When the Gazette contacted Majozi for a comment, he said residents were consulted about the construction of the mall in the area.

Majozi also revealed that bilateral talks between the land owner and residents resumed early last year, adding that residents were warned not to continue invading the privately-owned land.

“The land belongs to the [developer] who wants to start the construction of a mall in the area. The community invaded the site despite numerous attempts made to stop them. They were advised that they were invading privately-owned land. They didn’t listen.

“As Msinga Local Municipality we do have plans to develop the area where they have been relocated to. They will have access to basic services,” Majozi said.

Attempts to get a comment from the land owner were unsuccessful at the time of going to print.

When the Gazette contacted the communications manager at Msinga Local Municipality, Khethiwe Ziqubu, Ziqubu referred all questions to the municipal manager, Senzo Sokhela. Sokhela did not respond to queries sent to him at the time of going to print.

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