'Madikizela must go'

Leaders from informal settlements in CT called on Western Cape Human Settlements MEC to resign.

Western Cape Housing MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Leaders from the informal settlements in Cape Town have called on Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela to resign.

The leaders, who are behind a protest march set for Friday, are demanding houses and proper sanitation.

Representative Siyabulela Mafo says Madikizela is in over his head.

"I think that gentleman must resign. He is failing us. I don't think that guy has the heart to help the people."

A decision on the city's court application to stop the march is expected within the hour.

Meanwhile, some St. Georges Mall vendors say they are worried about losing out on a lot of money on Friday.

Demonstrators caused havoc during previous marches earlier this year, when they dumped human waste and looted stalls across the city.

These owners say they are not going to take the risk.

"The last time they were here they took my stuff so I don't want that to happen again," said one man.

"I won't risk it tomorrow. I will stay at home because those people are dangerous," said another vendor.

At the same time, police have promised to keep an eye on demonstrators.

They have also warned them not to break the law as they will be arrested.