Tuesday , July 27 2021

Lang's family is helpless as a sheriff's tearful apartment

File photo: African News Agency (ANA)
Lang's resident Dumisani Mgcina could only stand and watch as a court sheriff led a group of hammers and wings that suppressed his residence yesterday.

He and 17 other families refused to move from the land at Joe Slovo to an informal settlement in Langi to make room for the next stage of housing development at N2 Gateway.

The Human Settlements Department turned to the High Court in the West Cape, which decided that these families would be thrown out after it postponed the 2013 project.

Mgcina said she was not informed that eviction would take place, and the structure was also his job.

"I've been here since 2003, and I could not find a job, so I started selling fruit, vegetables and chips to earn my life, and this is very sad because they told us to move us to Delft and I do not know what's waiting there. or find a job, "he said.

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

Mabelithemba Zabezola said that she and her three were living in the structure, and they also used her to run the braai meat sales business.

Spokesman of the Provincial Department for Human Settlements Ntomboxolo Makhoba-Somdaka said the residents refused to move to the Spatial Transition Area (TRA) in Delft and that they were financially burdened by the government and delayed the delivery of housing.

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

She said the project was launched in 2004, with the aim of providing 22,000 homes for accommodating people living in huts and yards along Corridor N2.

The Department approved funds for the construction of 2,886 houses in Joeu Slovu. To date, 1,664 houses have been completed and handed over to the users.

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

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