Monday, August 14, 2006

Police prevent invasion at N2 Gateway housing project

By Tarryn Le Chat

Metro police were deployed to the N2 Gateway housing project yesterday to prevent people from invading the completed units.

According to metro police spokesperson Nowellyn Petersen, the situation at the site late yesterday afternoon was 'very tense'.

Although none of the units was occupied, Petersen said metro police were monitoring 'some threatening activity' in the area, adding that police would remain on-site till the threat of invasion had dissipated.

According to the Cape Times, extra off-duty metro police were also called in to help. Mayor Helen Zille warned recently of large-scale land invasions if the housing backlog was not addressed, saying the city's housing crisis was 'almost insurmountable'.



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