Jwaneng squatters to be evicted

JWANENG - Barely three weeks after Mmegi carried a feature story on the plight of squatters in the mining town, civic leaders learnt on Friday that the council intends evicting them.

The special full council meeting heard that the task team that was assigned to assess the living conditions of squatters came up with a recommendation to evict them with immediate effect. The illegal dwellers have been given two options; to go voluntarily or the council will apply for an eviction order through the High Court. This will not be the first time the council engages in eviction of squatters who keep recurring.

The report was the third one and councilors could not hide their disappointment at the recommendation for eviction saying the task team should have found new initiatives to sustain the squatters once they are evicted from the camp. The report further states that 95 percent of the squatters have a desire to be repatriated to their homes of origin. Results from the survey reveal that 81 percent of the squatters are from the Southern District while those from Kweneng District account for 11 percent.

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