Semenya descried the “evictions” as “unfortunate and inappropriate”.
“The evictions glaringly diminish the intentions of the lockdown and expose the already vulnerable people to Covid-19 and other harmful elements such as crime and rain,” said Semenya.
“When the president and the executive announced that there would be no evictions, we understood that those instructions would be respected by all. It is therefore unacceptable that municipalities have undermined the spirit of the lockdown and have shown clear disdain and lack of empathy for the people, especially the poor. We urge the municipalities to desist and refrain from any planned evictions henceforth, and to abide by the regulations.”
Semenya also condemned illegal occupation of land.
“Illegal occupation of the land undermines the law of the country and should not be tolerated,” she said.