Friday , May 7 2021

The families Langa helpless as the sheriff shakes the dwellings

File archive: African News Agency (ANA)
Langa resident Dumisani Mgcina could only stand and watch as the court sheriff led a team equipped with hammers and lobster to tear his home yesterday.

He and 17 other families refused to move from a piece of land to the unofficial settlement of Joe Slovo in Langa to make their place for the next phase of N2 Gateway housing development.

The Department of Human Colonies had turned to the Western Cape High Court, which decided to expel these families after the project was delayed by 2013.

Magina said he was not informed that the eviction would take place and that the structure was his job as well.

"I've been here since 2003 and I could not find a job, so I started selling fruit, vegetables and chips to earn a living." This is very sad because they said they were moving to Delft and I do not know what awaits us there. I have to start or find a job, "he said.

The inhabitants had moved some of their belongings from their homes as their structures were destroyed.

Mabelithemba Zabezola said she and her three children lived in a structure and also used it to carry out the business of selling braai meat.

Representative of the Nomboxolo Makhoba-Somdaka Provincial Directorate for Human Settlements said residents had refused to move to the TRA in Delft and had a financial burden on the government and delayed the acceleration of home delivery.

He said the process of building the remaining 88 Phase 3A structures will proceed immediately and is expected to be completed by March 2019.

He said the project was launched in 2004 to provide 22,000 homes to accommodate people living on stairs and yards along the N2 corridor.

The department approved the financing of 2 886 dwellings to be built in Joe Slovo. To date, 1 664 homes have been completed and delivered to the beneficiaries.

"Since 2013, we have experienced a number of challenges for completing the project, as some residents have refused to move and block the road to construction," he said.

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