Today, we witnessed the heart-breaking relocation of 58 families from ERF 2657 Parsonsvlei to ERF 1755 Malabar. The DA condemns the manner in which the Municipality’s Human Settlements Directorate conducted the whole process from its commencement. From the onset, the democratically elected Ward 12 Councillor, Shirley Sauls, was side-lined by municipal officials, officials rather opting to act unilaterally or with the ANC PR Councillor assigned to Ward 12.
The sheriff executed the order of the High Court and we respect this decision. The DA condemns any violence associated pertaining to the relocation.
To put the matter into perspective, I would like to give a brief background how the matter unfolded:
There are approximately 54 families currently residing on ERF 2657 which is private land, belonging to Westbrook Residential Development (Pty) Ltd. Westbrook obtained an eviction order on 8 April 2014 and the said order stated that the families be relocated to ERF 1380 CHATTY. Unfortunately the NMBM dragged its feet in relocating the families to Chatty and hence we have this situation where the families are being moved to ERF 1755, which is situated in Ward 12, Malabar.
ERF 1380 in CHATTY was a fully serviced site with all negotiations between the affected families, metro officials and Ward Councillor to relocate the families to the above site. Two weeks prior to the relocation when the metro officials and Ward 12 Councillor went to inform the families that transport was arranged for the relocation, the families indicated that