Very close to home

Grocott's Mail - - EGAZINI -

In May 2014 the last struc­ture re­main­ing in for­mer Sil­ver­town, a house just below Nathaniel Nyaluza Sec­ondary School, was par­tially de­mol­ished by mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees. When the bull­dozer came, Lin­dani Donyeli was granted an ur­gent in­ter­dict to pre­vent fur­ther de­struc­tion.

He told Gro­cott’s Mail it was the fam­ily home and he had lived there since 1979, when he was three. In a to-and-fro le­gal bat­tle, the mu­nic­i­pally sought an or­der from the Gra­ham­stown Mag­is­trate’s Court to evict Donyeli from the house in 2008, on the ba­sis it was a her­itage site. Donyeli had said he was not against leav­ing the prop­erty, but de­manded fair com­pen­sa­tion.

The Mu­nic­i­pal­ity ini­ti­ated court pro­ceed­ings to have him evicted. The house was even­tu­ally com­pletely de­mol­ished.

Now work­ing as a ci­ti­zen re­porter with Gro­cott’sMail, Donyeli finds it painful to walk past the site of his for­mer home. He now lives in Vukani.

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