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Lwandle hearings to resume

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An inquiry into the removal of people from Sanral-owned land in Cape Town will resume its public hearings on Tuesday.

The inquiry, appointed by Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, will move to Nomzamo on Tuesday for a third round of public hearings.

Residents directly affected by the SA National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral) removals on June 2 and June 3 will give oral presentations.

The hearings will start at the Lwandle Community Hall at 10am after spending a few days collecting residents’ statements.

At the last hearing, attorneys for Sanral testified about the circumstances leading to the removals in Lwandle through an interdict.

Sanral attorney Fiona Bester explained that the “tipping point” for getting the interdict was when the city’s human settlements director sent a notice to the regional Sanral office on January 22 stating it had 14 days to rectify the situation or be liable for all legal costs.

The inquiry also heard from Sheriff of the High Court for the region, who apologised for the impact the removals had on residents.

He said he would have done things differently if given a second chance.

The commission, headed by advocate Denzil Potgieter, has until August 5 to conclude the inquiry. SAPA

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