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Du Noon shacks flooded

Cape Town’s heavy rains have left some informal settlement dwellers destitute.

Cape Town’s heavy rains have left some informal settlement dwellers destitute. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Du Noon residents say heavy rain throughout the weekend has left their shacks waterlogged. Community leader Andile Peter says scores of residents have lost their possessions due to rain damage.

Peter says it is bad experiences like these that drive the community to embark on violent protest action.

Police had to use stun grenades to disperse demonstrators in a march that began early on Friday morning on Koeberg Road where thousands of Du Noon residents demanded better service delivery.

Residents handed over a memorandum to the municiple offices in Milnerton.

"The march was aimed at highlighting the challenges that those people are facing. We are saying enough is enough. Government must do something," added Peter.

Residents expressed frustration at their poor living conditions which are unbearable during the cold and wet winter months.

Some protestors hurled stones at motorists on the N7, burnt tyres and threw rubble in the streets.

The angry residents warned that if they do not hear from the city within 21 days they will continue to cause havoc within the community.

Roads were closed after protesters blocked them with poles and rubble during the march.

The country has been rocked by violent service delivery protests in recent months.

A small group of people from the Wallacedene informal settlement in Kraaifontein took to the streets a month ago to protest against poor service delivery in the area.

Around 50 residents took to the streets on 21 June in Alexandra, Johannesburg. Residents burnt tyres and blockaded London Road near the N3 highway in protest of the installation of new electricity meters in the township.

Government has warned residents to obey the law while protesting following several incidents where municipal property was destroyed.