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Phillipi residents still using bucket system

Some Sweet Home Farm residents have called on officials to improve service delivery in the area.

Residents from Sweet Home Farm informal settlement in Cape Town still use the bucket system. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Some residents of Sweet Home Farm informal settlement near Phillipi on Tuesday called on officials to provide specific time frames on when the area will be serviced.

Earlier, local government officials met with community leaders to discuss Monday's violent service delivery protest.

Locals, including school children, burnt tyres and torched a Golden Arrow bus in the area.

At least eight protesters were arrested.

On Tuesday, authorities toured the community to assess conditions.

Residents said they still rely on the bucket system to relieve themselves.

Community leader Siya James said, "We want to know when they are going to start working. We want them to be open and honest with us."

Resident Barbara Hendricks said winter is particularly trying.

"Life is very difficult for us here. We are old and we can't keep warm because there's no electricity."

The Western Cape has a housing backlog dating back to 24 years.

Earlier, Mayor Patricia de Lille accused community leaders of misleading the community.

She said government bought a piece of land and it was in the process of developing it for the people.