Cape Town – Members of the SA police force and their families residing in a police barracks in Wynberg are not happy with their impending deportation.
The barracks in Wynberg provide a haven of peace for staff and their families.
Tina Mnqwazi, the wife of one of the police officers, said they had lived in the barracks for three years.
“Before we came to live here three years ago, we lived in Khayelitsha but we had to leave because my husband was being targeted by thugs,” she said.
She said that the staff living in the barracks were there for different reasons. Some because they are injured, others because they are threatened in the communities where they used to live and they have had to look for a safer place.
Mnqwazi said they had to apply for a place in the barracks and that applications had to be renewed every three years.
She said as their lease expired in December, they had to apply for a new one, but the request was unsuccessful.
“We tried to find out why our request was unsuccessful, and earlier this month we received eviction notices, which state that we must be out by May 31,” she said. .
She said the family had been informed that if they had not come out by the end of that date, they would be forcibly returned.
Mnqwazi said they had nowhere to go and that if they were to return to where they came from, their lives would still be in danger.
“The treatment we are receiving is not fair; most families have been here for a very long time and where should they go? ” she asked.
A police sergeant, who did not want to be named, said she lived in Khayelitsha before going to the barracks.
“I had to move because my life and my family were threatened, the thugs wanted my working gun to a point where my car was even shot,” she says.
She said she spoke to her superiors about her situation and was told to request a place in the barracks.
She said she couldn’t afford to buy her own house elsewhere.
“I don’t know where I will go if we are indeed kicked out of here after receiving the notice because my financial situation does not allow me to buy my own house in a safe place,” she said. .
The single mother said her child goes to school near his home and if he were to leave she would have a hard time finding a new school for him and that would upset the child as well.
Public Works and Infrastructure Ministry spokesman Lunga Mahlangu said the property in question was state owned. It is allocated to SAPS, so it is not rented as such, there is no eviction by an owner.
He said the problem was an internal SAPS process.
Police spokesman Col. Andre Traut said the evictions were part of their housing policy, which is a transparent and fair process in which tenants in police housing are put on a rota three-year basis.
He added that it was an internal matter and that he was being treated as such.