Masiphumelele Community Opposes R4 Million Fence

By Thembela Ntongana

The City of Cape Town plans to build a fence in the Masiphumelele wetlands area at an estimated cost of R4 million. This is on the same land where some of the victims from the fire in November, that left 4,000 people homeless, rebuilt their shacks after there was no more space in the fire-affected area. (The shacks have since been removed.)

Chairperson of the Masiphumelele's Wetlands Area Committee, Brian Lubabalo Nompunga, says the first residents heard of the fence was via Echo community newspaper.

"It was when we read it in the Echo that we decided to get together as community leaders and seek answers from the City. None of us were aware of this," he said.