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Housing protests continued in Zwelihle on Mandela Day

Jul 18, 2018
Housing protests continued in Zwelihle on Mandela Day

For the Overstrand Municipality, and of course the wider community, including businesses, the last couple of months have been challenging.

"We have had many setbacks in our attempts to provide services to all," says Overstrand Municipality spokesperson, Riana Steenekamp.

"The actions of certain members of the Zwelihle community, who hold the majority of the citizens of Zwelihle to ransom, are condemned.

"We sincerely hope that Friday’s visit of the National Minister of Police, General Bheki Cele, his Special Advisor, General Lennit Max, Premier Helen Zille and the Western Cape Minister of Community Safety, Mr Dan Plato, to the area, will bear fruit."

Steenekamp said infrastructure and equipment, including the conveyer belt and baler at the recycling plant (amongst others) have been burned, which have caused substantial damage to the waste transfer and recycling plants.

"No recycling can therefore take place in Hermanus or Kleinmond any longer and clear, recycling bags will therefore in the interim no longer be provided. We will inform you as soon as a short-term solution has been found," she described.

"Current estimates of damage to municipal infrastructure such as, but not limited to, the Hermanus Sewage Works, swimming pool buildings, various other buildings and roads, amount to approximately R40M."

Steenekamp said that on Wednesday morning, tyres were burning at Peach House.

"According to reports, agitators are waking residents of Zwelihle up to form a crowd and tear gas has been fired. R43 is open, but all access roads to Zwelihle are still closed," she added.

"A full contingent of South African Police Services (SAPS), Public Order Police (POP) and Law Enforcement remain on scene."

Mandela Day

"Overstranders are going full out to devote their 67 minutes to a worthy cause on Madiba Day and we thank you for that," Steenekamp said.

"Mayor Dudley Coetzee would like to express his deepest gratitude to everyone who is offering help - not only supplying meals for the police and law enforcement agencies, but also to the community who are serving at restaurants, picking up garbage and assisting the elderly. This action is assisting business to remain open."