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Khayelitsha protestors dispersed peacefully

Law enforcement managed to calmly disperse Khayelitsha protestors blockading Pama Road.

Law enforcement managed to calmly disperse Khayelitsha protestors blockading Pama Road. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - City of Cape Town law enforcement officials on Tuesday managed to peacefully disperse a crowd of protesters in Khayelitsha.

Demonstrators blockaded Pama Road with rocks and burning tyres.

It's thought the protests could be linked to ongoing demonstrations against poor sanitation services in the province.

The City of Cape Town's Richard Bosman said, "Pama Road has been quite busy over the last couple of weeks. There've been consistent protests, either late at night or very early in the morning."

At the same time the city told Eyewitness News it would not hesitate in taking decisive action against people found to be dumping raw sewage in public places.

In the most recent incident, protesters caused havoc on Sunday when they started dumping human waste on the N2 Highway.

The City's Safety and Security Mayoral Committee member JP Smith said authorities need to try to make arrests.

He said that even if Western Cape Premier Helen Zille met with disgruntled informal settlement residents, it would not help ease tensions.

"That's to put in place an artificial obstacle. If she meets with them then what; is the toilet issue suddenly going to be resolved? No. They're looking for an opportunity to grandstand. She might meet with them, her door is open."

Smith added: "The city will have the challenges of trying to deal with that rapid urbanisation. No place on the planet deals with the rate of urbanisation that Southern Africa has faced overnight. No government anywhere in the word is going to cope with the numbers flooding into cities as quickly as they have in South Africa."