Avian Park residents protest

The situation was tense at a Worcester informal settlement after a service delivery protest.

Service delivery protest. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The situation was tense at a Worcester informal settlement after a service delivery protest.

Dozens of Avian Park residents burnt tyres and pelted passing cars with stones.

Police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk said, "The situation is very tense. Police are on the scene to monitor the situation. No arrests have been made."

Last week, some Avian Park residents handed over a memorandum highlighting service delivery demands to municipal officials.

Breede Valley Municipality deputy mayor John Levendal said they will only discuss service delivery demands with residents once the mayor returns to office.

Earlier, he spoke to disgruntled residents shortly before violence erupted.

"They told me they wanted the mayor to address them. The mayor cannot address them because he is on sick leave."

Meanwhile, a data service company said there has been a worrying increase in major service delivery protests.

Municipal IQ said the Western Cape has for the first time taken the lead with the highest number of protests recorded since the start of 2012.

Company spokesperson Karen Heese said, "We have the Western Cape accounting for 25 percent of protests, whereas between 2004 and 2012, the province had only 17 percent of protests."

Earlier this week, Phillipi residents took to the streets protesting over housing and basic services.

In May, government noted an increase in the number of service delivery protests countrywide.