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Kleinmond municipal offices closed as protest continues

Local leaders are currently meeting with law enforcement authorities to formulate a plan to diffuse the volatile situation.

A fire seen in the Kleinmond area where residents protested on 12 September 2017. Picture: Cindy ArchillIes/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Municipal offices in Kleinmond have been closed as a result of protest action in the area.

Officials say the area remains tense as a result of protest action.

Local leaders are currently meeting with law enforcement authorities to formulate a plan to diffuse the volatile situation.

Residents earlier this week embarked on violent protest action, setting alight tyres and burning vegetation adjacent to their community.

Last week, they handed over a memorandum of demands to authorities seeking the cancellation of a tender awarded to a Zwelitsha, Hermanus-based business owner.

They also demand better housing as well as a cemetery for the area.

Overberg Municipality Mayor, Rudolf Smith, says municipal offices were closed as a safety precaution.

MEETING

Smith met with protesting Kleinmond residents.

Smith earlier said officials were attempting to negotiate with Overhills residents who feared arrest if they met at the municipal offices.

“Every time it’s a new thing and when I try to address it, I call the leaders myself and set up a meeting with them and they don’t want to meet with me.”

It's been reported they were then meeting on land near a Pre-Primary School.

Residents say they are frustrated with the slow pace at which officials have been responding to their concerns.

Smith earlier told EWN, residents have added more issues to their initial demands.

“It seems it’s not about the tender anymore, it’s now other issues. Like housing, a graveyard and we answered them, we had a good meeting last week. Now they’re starting with new things.”

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