Thursday , September 29 2022

Langa's family helpless while the sheriff collapses apartments


File photo: African News Agency (ANA)
Dungisani Mgcina, a resident of Lang, could only stand and watch while the sheriff of the court led a group equipped with hammers and lizards who knocked down his apartment yesterday.

He and 17 other families refused to move from the land in the informal settlement Joe Slovo to Lang to focus on the next phase of the development of housing space N2.

The Human Settlements Department addressed the High Court of the Western Cape, which ruled these families to be evicted after postponing the project from 2013.

Mgcina said that she was not informed that the execution would be carried out, and that her structure was.

"I've been here since 2003 and I could not find a job, so I started selling fruits, vegetables and chips for profit. It's very sad how they said they were taking us to Delft and I do not know what's behind us. job, "he said.

Residents moved some of their property from their homes because their structures were destroyed.

Mabelithemba Zabezola said that she and her three children lived in the structure and that she used and worked on the production of braai meat.

Ntombokolo Makhoba-Somdaka, spokesman for the Provincial Human Settlements Department, said residents did not want to move to Delft's temporary relocation area (TRA) and were financially burdensome for the government, as well as postponing the acceleration of the delivery of apartments.

She said that the process of building the remaining 88 structures, Phase 3A, will go immediately and is expected to be completed by March 2019.

She said that the project was launched in 2004, with the aim of providing 22,000 houses for people living in fists and yards, along corridor N2.

The department approved funding for 2,886 houses for construction in Joe Slough. To date, 1,664 houses have been completed and handed over to the users.

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

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