Minister of Defence & Military Veterans, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula – in her official capacity as head of the SANDF – is facing a claim of about R120m from civilian families ousted from the Marievale military base near Nigel, Gauteng.

A Pretoria News report says the families have obtained a series of court orders against the Minister and the department since they were forced from the base in 2017. But the legal stand-off has not been resolved and the matter is due back in the Gauteng High Court soon.

The Minister insisted the department had adhered to court orders and did provide those involved with alternative accommodation.

The families, however, obtained various contempt of court orders against the department, claiming the alternative accommodation was non-existent or not suitable.

About 98 families have now instructed lawyers to claim damages from the department as compensation for the hardships they have endured in the intervening period, and which is ongoing.

In addition to their physical housing issues, they are claiming that they suffered emotional damage when ‘gun-wielding soldiers’ forced them out of their homes during a raid.

Letters of demand have been sent to the SANDF, in which the families claim between R100 000 and more than R1.5m.

Full Pretoria News report