hermanus land grab

A burnt-out bus bears the hallmark of protests that have got out of hand

Hermanus land grab: Housing MEC promises land for Zwelihle residents

In a move to resolve the tension at Hermanus, Western Cape Housing MEC, Bonginkosi Madikizela has promised land to the residents of Zwelihle.

hermanus land grab

A burnt-out bus bears the hallmark of protests that have got out of hand

Western Cape MEC for Human Settlements, Bonginkosi Madikizela has announced that land will be made available for residents of Zwelihle near Hermanus, News24 reports.

This comes after the town of Hermanus came to almost a standstill due to protests that began on Thursday and escalated as a satellite police station was set alight by disgruntled residents.

According to the protesters, they have been made to wait for years after being promised houses, with some claiming to have been waiting for up to 25 years.

ANC National Chairperson, Gwede Mantashe condemned the protests, which were accompanied by an attempted land grab, as well as alleged xenophobic attacks as shops owned by Somali nationals were also looted in the midst of th chaos.

“What happened in Hermanus is anarchy and the law enforcement officers must do their job,” he said.

“It can’t be that there is policy we no occupy prime development land.”

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In an effort to quell the violence, a community meeting attended by around 2 000 people was held on Tuesday, where Madikizela announced that an agreement to provide land to the residents had been reached.

Prior to the meeting, he had met with community leaders at the Overstrand municipal offices where revealed that there were challenges with the waiting list for houses.

The housing list is set to be audited, and the community will set up a committee to air out their grievances, as per Madikizela’s suggestion.

He also revealed that a task team made out of residents will be responsible for counting how many homes are required and also ensure that the land goes to rightful recipients.

“We are excited. That is the response we had hoped for,” Masibulele Jimlongo, a community leader said.

“Now we’ve got the land, we will assist to make sure the right beneficiaries get.”

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