Invaded plot in Somerset West not ideal for housing, claims land owner

Construction boss Werner Jerling says the plot of land at the centre of an invasion attempt in Somerset West is not ideal for housing purposes.

Part of the N2 highway in Somerset West has been closed as a result of the land invasion which has led to tense clashes with the police.

Read: VIDEO: Stand-off between protesters and police as N2 land invasion turns violent

Jerling is the CEO of ASLA Construction Group, the owners of the private land in question, neighbouring informal settlements Lwandle and Nomzamo.

The City is busy identifying land elsewhere but this particular plot of land is not ideally suited for housing.

Werner Jerling, CEO - ASLA Construction Group

He says that ASLA was granted a court interdict last week Friday to block illegal occupants from erecting structures.

He explains that the construction group has rezoned the land for industrial and commercial purposes and is looking for potential buyers.

Previously, the City of Cape Town had earmarked the site for schools but later decided to purchase land elsewhere.

ASLA owned large tracks of land there for many years. Lwandle and Nomzamo orginated from parts of that land and where developed into housing areas.

Werner Jerling, CEO - ASLA Construction Group

It's a prerogative of the City of Cape Town and national government where they want to purchase land.

Werner Jerling, CEO - ASLA Construction Group

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