Student: My possessions were demolished

Cape Town - Structures erected on Sanral-owned land in Cape Town were demolished with possessions still inside, a student said on Thursday.

"They demolished the structure with my property inside and took it, loaded it onto the truck and left with it," Sisanda Mbayimbayi, 26, told an inquiry investigating the removals of people and structures off the land on 2 and 3 June.

"They said our property and material was being kept somewhere but according to my information, the possibility is high that they went to throw it away somewhere."

Mbayimbayi, a Northlink College student, said her son was not with her when her house was demolished on 3 June.

She first moved onto the land in December after deciding that the backyard structure she lived in with her sister in Zola was too crowded.

She had seen other people building structures on the land in Lwandle and decided she would do the same.


The first round of removals took place in February and her structure was demolished. Only five structures were left on the land.

Mbayimbayi said a man called Chris warned them to stay off the land but they rebuilt their structures because they saw that five were still standing.

She was surprised when she saw police officers and city law enforcement on the land on 2 June.

They gave residents an ultimatum to move their property off the land within 10 minutes, but she said this was impossible.

"While I was busy trying to get my property, the only thing I could get hold of was my haversack with my identity documents and while I was busy, police started shooting."

She said police played "hide-and-seek" with residents by forcing them to run in one direction and then pushing them back to where they had run from.

On the second day of removals, she said she saw city police chasing, assaulting, and arresting people.

Paige Turner 2014/07/31 05:33:30 PM
She was warned, and yet she still erected an illegal structure. "She was surprised when she saw police officers and city law enforcement on the land on 2 June." How short is her memory or how sparse her understanding about illegal possession of someone else's land. Why am I surprised that she was surprised? Perhaps my common sense has deserted me altogether.
Stephanes Heunis 2014/07/31 05:38:27 PM
why must we listen to sad stories at an inquires, who is by the way a waste off money, but rather a simple papertrail check and the outcome is:seskona -anc affiliation sold the plot to desperate people /sanral -parrastatile national gets the court order /balju-justice national evict the people. so it's an anc action. PERIOD!!!!!
Johan Steyn265 2014/07/31 05:38:34 PM
Its sounds like you aren't a very bright student if you ignore not living there ahhhh but you are black your race thinks mos rules don't apply to you and you can do what you want.
Keith V. Eeden 2014/07/31 05:57:12 PM
Poverty breeds poverty.The sad fact is that nothing will be done to control the birth rate and new born lives will be exposed to the same way of living.
mlindos 2014/07/31 06:28:01 PM
The sad reality is that we always cry about the whites stealing land, but when I look at the amount of squatter camps all I see is people occupying stolen property. The UKZN westville campus also has a thriving squatter camp on university property right next to one of the res'and they've turned that campus into a mugging and robbery hotspot. That's why I say good for sanral for stopping this thieving whilst it's still at its prime
Deon Lemmer 2014/07/31 07:08:53 PM
Consider a land claim
justaperson 2014/07/31 09:02:18 PM
hai shame... so why were you squatting illegally then?
Cg Tours 2014/07/31 09:13:32 PM
WHO gave you the right to go and squat there ILLEGALLY on land that does not belong to you , in the first place?
Kobus Oosthuizen 2014/08/01 06:22:18 AM
Jammer om te hoor
Nin Ja Kitty 2014/08/01 08:21:35 AM
Oh cr@p another one did not heed a warning. I understand that times are tough, but believe people when they say they will do something, which will result in damage to possessions etc.