Families refusing to vacate land earmarked for N2 Gateway project evicted

But after realising that they didn’t qualify as beneficiaries of the housing project‚ Joe Slovo residents started to resist and protested against further evictions.

In 2009 the Constitutional Court ruled in favour of their eviction‚ but a relatively small number of shack dwellers‚ about 22 families‚ have been refusing to move their shacks to make way for the next phase of the development.

The department of human settlements in the Western Cape went back to court and‚ at the end of October‚ the court ruled in favour of the eviction.

Ntomboxolo Makoba-Somdaka‚ spokesperson for human settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela‚ said the 18 families were moved to temporary relocation sites in Langa and Delft. Four of the 22 families voluntarily moved out of the area.

She said the eviction would finally make a way for 88 homes to be built on the site.  

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