ANC councillor caught in CT CBD protest

It’s emerged an ANC councillor called in sick, only to be seen taking part in CT’s protests.

Housing protesters in the Cape Town CBD on 30 October 2013. Picture: Graeme Raubenheimer/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has revealed that an African National Congress (ANC) councillor called in sick on Wednesday, only to be seen taking part in the violent protest march in the CBD.

Thousands of people from various areas, including Khayelitsha, Phillipi and Nyanga, descended on the Western Cape Legislature in a housing protest.

But things quickly turned ugly when protesters started looting stalls and breaking shop and car windows.

De Lille says ANC councillor Loyiso Nkohla sent the City Council a sick note, but was later spotted among the protesters.

The mayor also says they have pictures to prove this.

"You could definitely recognise him as being part of the people there, running around and being in the forefront while his apology to counsel was that he was sick."

It's been reported Nkohla encouraged residents at a Nyanga gathering last weekend to loot shops.

Demonstrations started on Wednesday morning when train services were affected after protestors placed rocks at the Nyanga Station.

The demonstrators, who were demanding better housing, vowed to sleep outside the Provincial Legislature but dispersed when the rain started.

Protesters demonstrating in front of the Provincial Legislature

The ANC, however, has condemned the violence, claiming mostly Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) took part in the riots.

Meanwhile, enraged street vendors in Cape Town's City Centre have called for more policing and decisive action after Wednesday's protest.

Dozens of store owners were caught in the mix and had their businesses looted.

"They took all of our things, we're all suffering," one said.

Another said, "They were too many people, more than 2,000 of them, and they just kept on looting. How can I feed my kids? I have a child in university."