Cape service delivery protests continue

Police and metro officials take caution as service delivery protests continue on Tuesday.

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

CAPE TOWN - Residents of Sweet Home Farm informal settlement near Philippi on Tuesday vowed to do whatever it takes to get officials to address their concerns.

About 500 people blockaded Duynefontein Road on Monday, burning tyres and vandalising traffic lights.

The South African Police Service (SAPS) and metro officers had to use teargas and rubber bullets on several occasions to disperse the crowd.

At least nine people have been arrested on charges of public violence.

Community member Mxolisi Khabingca said their demands are clear.

"We need electricity, housing and working toilets."

However, one man who lives nearby condemned the actions taken by locals.

"They shouldn't be doing it. They're breaking the robots, what are they breaking the robots for?"

Many commuters travelling to work on Vanguard Drive and Duynefontein Road were delayed by traffic delays due to protestors who became violent and started stoning passing vehicles.

Meanwhile, in a bid to secure the safety of motorists, City of Cape Town bosses said they have beefed up security on roads prone to service delivery protests.

Metro police and traffic officials have been working longer hours patrolling high-risk intersections like Landsdowne and Stock roads in addition to Vanguard Drive.

The city's JP Smith said they are doing what they can to ensure all motorists are safe.

"We've made substantial overtime money available for staff to work additional hours to [increase] our capacity at the various intersections and other hot spots so that we can make sure that the traffic flow is not disrupted and people are not placed at risk."

"Our staff have responded extremely positively to the request for overtime and many staff members have volunteered, so we can make sure these intersections are safe. We are doing what we can."

Service delivery protests started early on Monday morning.