Very close to home
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.