Pietermaritzburg - The Democratic Alliance in KwaZulu-Natal said on Monday provincial member of the executive council for human settlement, Ravi Pillay, must be held answerable for the invasion by ex-military combatants of 120 flats in Pietermaritzburg earmarked for ordinary residents.
Two weeks ago, 200 heavily armed uMkhonto weSizwe ex-combatants, together with veterans from the Pan Africanist Congress’s Azanian People’s Liberation Army (Apla) and Azapo’s Azanian National Liberation Army (Azanla) invaded the Aloe Ridge complex after overpowering staff and seizing keys.
They have refused to leave despite an eviction order granted by the Pietermaritzburg high court in favour of the development’s owner, Capital City Housing NPC.
Aloe Ridge is a 950 residential apartments project designed to give low income groups access to rental accommodation within the city. It was built by Capital City in conjunction with the department of human settlement.
The ex-military combatants say they decided to move into the flats after the ruling African National Congress provincial government failed to deliver on former President Jacob Zuma's promise to provide them with free housing.