Hermanus Zwelihle


Hermanus land owners agree to sell land to government following protests

This could see an end to weeks of unrest.

Hermanus Zwelihle


Ongoing protests in Hermanus may have prompted the owners of a stretch of land intended for a luxury development to sell it back to the Western Cape government for homes for the residents of Zwelihle.

Unrest in the area started in late March, when an attempted land grab in Schulphoek was halted by the Red Ants, and bursts of protests have flared up in subsequent weeks.

As News24 reports, Western Cape Human Settlements MEC, Bonginkosi Madikizela confirmed on Wednesday that the land may soon be under the ownership of the government.

“The good thing is the (owners have) agreed to sell,” he is quoted by the publication.

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This was also confirmed by one of the Schulphoek owners, who told the publication that he and the Rabie Property Group have agreed to sell 48ha back to the government, on condition that there were no further land invasions.

“There is a dire need for accommodation for the Zwelihle people,” he said.

“We’ve agreed to make that land available.”

Frustrated by lack of housing, the residents of Zwelihle mad headlines in March when they started moving into vacant land, marking out plots and erecting structures which were soon torn down by the Red Ants.

This was followed by a bit of calm, which was short-lived as there were soon further protests, which took a violent turn as buses and the local police station was torched, resulting in several arrests, relating to various illegal activities, including looting and public violence.

Further protests sprung up on Thursday, as the residents demanded to be allowed to settle in Schulphoek, while the government attempted to broker a deal with the land’s private owners.

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