Cape Town metro mayor Dan Plato told MPs on Friday that he could not condone the “bare part” of the recent eviction incident in Khayelitsha.
He spoke on Friday at a session of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, which sought to put the subway on the incident.
In a video shared on social media this week, law enforcement officials can see Bulelani Qholani without clothes throwing clothes at his sink, acting harshly against him and later breaking down the structure.
Faith Muthambi, chairman of the committee, condemned the way the metro is carrying out evictions, saying such actions are “unsolicited, cruel and mocking our democracy”.
ANC MP Pretty Xaba-Ntshaba has accused the metro of an apartheid mentality and believes there is no fight for democracy for such incidents to take place.
“Do you love people, but not black people? I did not sleep after seeing the video. I cried, ”says Xaba-Ntshaba.
Plato said he wanted to inform the committee that a preliminary investigation showed that the man had walked in front of everyone naked in front of the home without law enforcement being nearby.
“Law enforcement officers are behind the man at the structure and it is then that the incident happened that was seen on video. I regret the incident, and can’t quite agree with the bare part.
“We need to look at how this kind of stuff should be handled in the future and we need to be mindful of how things can go wrong,” says Plato.
Four law enforcement officers involved have already been suspended pending an investigation. Plato ordered an independent investigation so that the metro could not be accused of partiality.
A recent court order by the Cape Town High Court has given the subway permission to demolish new structures on the relevant plot of land in Khayelitsha, said Plato.
According to him, the subway earmarked the land for development, but people are setting up new structures in the area almost every second day.
Muthambi says the housing shortage is a problem across the country and that the national government should intervene, but it “does not justify the cruelty of its law enforcement officers”.
“Cruel power will not solve the problem. We hope the metro will reflect on the accountability of its law enforcement officers and also on its constitutional mandate to provide housing, ”says Muthambi.