The ANC welcomes the intervention by the government during the time the community of Lwandle, next to the N2 highway near Somerset West, was evicted. The national Ministers of both Transport and Human Settlements, and their deputies, visited Lwandle before the Mayor of Cape Town and the City intervened.
The South African National Roads Agency, Sanral, evicted part of the Lwandle Informal Settlement and the City of Cape Town did not make any arrangements for temporary accommodation of the evicted people. When the people of Lwandle needed their Mayor and Premier, they had both abandoned them. The Mayor of Cape Town and the Premier issued public statements that it was not their responsibility, but that of the national government agency, Sanral, and national government. [Interjections.]