Angry Touwsrivier residents will get what they want

Touwsrivier's Zion Park informal settlement residents protested service delivery on Monday 10 September 2012. Picture: Janine Willemans/EWN

CAPE TOWN – Concerns raised by Touwsrivier residents are receiving attention, Breede River Municipal officials said on Monday.

Locals caused traffic chaos by blockading the N1 with burning tyres and rocks.

Police were forced to use a water cannon and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

It was unclear whether there were any injuries. 

Residents are demanding decent houses and services from the council.

One of the leaders Michael Visagie said: “We’ve been poor for 20 years, so we are rising up now.”

Municipal spokesperson Johan Botha said the council's acting executive mayor and the municipal manager visited the area. 

Botha said they "spoke to the people, listened to their demands and made a commitment to report back" before the end of the week.

“Residents also want a fire brigade and ambulance services, which were approved in our Rural Development Programme (RDP) budget earlier this year and they will get it.” 

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)