However, Mbalula indicated that these people will be relocated after a piece of land was found for their resettlement. The Central Line in the Cape metro and other major routes were disrupted by the shacks on the railway lines.
The Minister shared that he plans to meet with the Minister of Human Settlements on Thursday, 5 May. The aim of the meeting is to finalise preparations for the land that people residing on the railway lines will be relocated to.
A piece of land has been secured for relocation
Mbalula said the Department of Human Settlements has secured land for the people to go to. He added that they are working with all stakeholders to ensure the people are moved. The stakeholders in question are the Cape Town Municipality, Human Settlements Department and Department of Public Works –
“The Department of Human Settlements has secured a piece of land, where we will be moving the people to comply with the court order. What we are doing as the passenger rail, particularly Prasa, is to continue with our work. If you go to Langa, you will see the work that we are doing to secure the rail network, while people are waiting to be resettled,”
Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Transport.
He reassured citizens that the line for trains will be opened very soon. Adding that the people will be resettled on a new piece of land.
“We are working tirelessly to move people from rail tracks in the Western Cape,”
IOL reports that the rail network in the Western Cape has seen an influx of shacks being built. The number of shacks has reportedly increased during the lockdown period.