Phillipi protesters blame CT bosses

Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille said the City had not abandoned Sweet Home Farm residents.

Phillipi protesters damaged traffic lights and fire hydrant on 20 July 2012. Picture: Rafiq Wagiet/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A community leader from Sweet Home Farm near Phillipi said residents took to the streets on Monday because of their frustration with Cape Town City bosses.

Traffic in parts of the city came to a standstill when about 500 people protested, burned tyres, vandalised traffic lights and torched a Golden Arrow bus.

Police fired rubber bullets and used teargas to disperse the crowd.

Nine people were arrested and charged with public violence.

They were demanding houses and electricity in their area.

But Cape Town Mayor Patricia De Lille said the City had not abandoned residents the area.

"It's completely not true to say the City doesn't care. The city has spent ratepayers' money to buy this land from a private owner to enable us to provide services. [Community] leaders are misleading the people."

The Western Cape province has recorded the highest number of service delivery protests since the beginning of January.