Hundreds left homeless

2019-06-04 06:00
Ashwin Albert stands with his son, in what was once his home, and will now live with friends and family until he finds a permanent solution.

Ashwin Albert stands with his son, in what was once his home, and will now live with friends and family until he finds a permanent solution.

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Hundreds of families, women and children were left homeless after Law Enforcement’s anti-land invasion unit was allegedly deployed to Capricorn to break down illegal structures.

Residents were allegedly forced out of their homes at 12:00 on Friday 24 May as Law Enforcement entered the area to evict and tear down the structures that were allegedly built illegally on proclaimed reserve piece of land.

Erica Layters, a disgruntled resident, claimed people were told they could use the land to build their homes. “Now that the elections are finished, they’re telling the people to throw the houses down. They don’t do anything for this community,” said Layters.

Fellow resident Sharon Strong enquired: “The Law Enforcement said they received a letter from court, that they have the right to come break these hokkies down, so why didn’t they show the people”.

Malusi Booi, Mayco member for human settlements, claimed the City previously liaised with residents and requested their illegally erected structures to be removed.

“The City has acted within the parameters of the law as it pertains to removing illegally erected vacant structures,” Booi said.

Residents who invade land often do so on unsuitable land which means they are affected by lack of services, fires, floods and health and safety risks according to Booi.

Layters feels that there are more pressing issues to be dealt with. “Why don’t they stop the crime in the community – the crime and the drugs – instead of coming to throw down the people’s houses,” she said.

Vrygrond Community Development Forum’s Isaac Goliat claims Law Enforcement used violence to achieve their goals of removing the structures.

“They didn’t inform us; they just came in here with no name tags and started taking down the buildings. They just came into the house, beat people and kicked people out,” says Goliat, adding that due to the size of the structures it took five hours to be demolished.

Ashwin Albert, a resident whose home was demolished, feared for his son and was disheartened by the manner used to take down his home.

“When they came, I just begged them to let me take it down myself, just so I could take it apart nicely and they didn’t care,” Albert said.

The City has reported that they will be spending R 2.7bn over the next three years on human settlements in informal settlements such as Vrygrond and Capricorn, among others.

The residents of Capricorn, however, are less than convinced.

“They come here for elections and tell us we can build and when elections are over, they don’t do anything for us,” said resident Candice Layters.

Hundreds of families, women and children were left homeless after Law Enforcement’s anti-land invasion unit was allegedly deployed to Capricorn to break down illegal structures.

Residents were allegedly forced out of their homes at 12:00 on Friday 24 May as Law Enforcement entered the area to evict and tear down the structures that were allegedly built illegally on proclaimed reserve piece of land.

Erica Layters, a disgruntled resident, claimed people were told they could use the land to build their homes. “Now that the elections are finished, they’re telling the people to throw the houses down. They don’t do anything for this community,” said Layters.

Fellow resident Sharon Strong enquired: “The Law Enforcement said they received a letter from court, that they have the right to come break these hokkies down, so why didn’t they show the people”.

Malusi Booi, Mayco member for human settlements, claimed the City previously liaised with residents and requested their illegally erected structures to be removed.

“The City has acted within the parameters of the law as it pertains to removing illegally erected vacant structures,” Booi said.

Residents who invade land often do so on unsuitable land which means they are affected by lack of services, fires, floods and health and safety risks according to Booi.

Layters feels that there are more pressing issues to be dealt with. “Why don’t they stop the crime in the community – the crime and the drugs – instead of coming to throw down the people’s houses,” she said.

Vrygrond Community Development Forum’s Isaac Goliat claims Law Enforcement used violence to achieve their goals of removing the structures.

“They didn’t inform us; they just came in here with no name tags and started taking down the buildings. They just came into the house, beat people and kicked people out,” says Goliat, adding that due to the size of the structures it took five hours to be demolished.

Ashwin Albert, a resident whose home was demolished, feared for his son and was disheartened by the manner used to take down his home.

“When they came, I just begged them to let me take it down myself, just so I could take it apart nicely and they didn’t care,” Albert said.

The City has reported that they will be spending R 2.7bn over the next three years on human settlements in informal settlements such as Vrygrond and Capricorn, among others.

The residents of Capricorn, however, are less than convinced.

“They come here for elections and tell us we can build and when elections are over, they don’t do anything for us,” said resident Candice Layters.

NEXT ON NEWS24X

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.