Land claim halts building

2015-06-23 06:00

A restitution land claim is holding up the development of a problem property in Zonne­bloem.

The property, next to Trafalgar High School, has been home to a group of street people for some time. However, litter and dumping have made the site an eyesore.

The vacant plot has been flagged as a danger to the high school pupils after reports of drug sales on the site, which house over 30 street people.

School principal Nadeem Hendricks previously told People’s Post that there have been street people living on the site for years, but new faces have seen refuse piling (“Site not on the curriculum”, 28 April). Pupils have also been caught buying drugs there, he says.

Cape Town Community Police Forum chairperson Nicola Jowell says the organisation receives “numerous and continuous” complaints about the informal settlement.

The plot is the source of much rubbish and grime in the area, Jowell says.

Police intervention in the area has led to the discovery of stolen property and arrests of wanted suspects, Jowell says.

“There are also allegations that drugs are used as well as sold from this space,” she says.

Edward Oosthuizen, who has been living on the property for two years, says they have chosen to live on the site because they do not disturb anyone. He says the residents are not criminals.

Ward councillor Brett Herron says the property was transferred to the City of Cape Town, which planned to develop housing on the site. But a land claim on the property has now halted the City’s plans. No housing can be developed until the land claim has been settled, Herron emphasises.

Vuyani Nkasayi, provincial spokesperson of the department of rural development and land reform, confirms the land claim.

“The property forms part of the District Six redevelopment. The City and provincial government have agreed to release the property for redevelopment,” he says.

A restitution land claim is holding up the development of a problem property in Zonne­bloem.

The property, next to Trafalgar High School, has been home to a group of street people for some time. Litter and dumping have made the site an eyesore.

The vacant plot has been flagged as a danger to the high school pupils after reports of drug sales on the site, which house over 30 street people.

School principal Nadeem Hendricks previously told People’s Post that there have been street people living on the site for years (“Site not on the curriculum”, 28 April).

Cape Town Community Police Forum chairperson Nicola Jowell says the organisation receives “numerous and continuous” complaints about the informal settlement. The plot is the source of much rubbish and grime in the area, Jowell says.

Police intervention in the area has led to the discovery of stolen property and arrests of wanted suspects, Jowell says. “There are also allegations that drugs are used as well as sold from this space,” she says.

Edward Oosthuizen, who has been living on the property for two years, says they do not disturb anyone. He says the residents are not criminals.

Ward councillor Brett Herron says the property was transferred to the City of Cape Town, which planned to develop housing on the site. But a land claim on the property has now halted the City’s plans.

Vuyani Nkasayi, provincial spokesperson of the department of rural development and land reform, confirms the land claim.

“The property forms part of the District Six redevelopment. The City and provincial government have agreed to release the property for redevelopment,” he says

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