'We live like animals'

Residents from the Kosovo informal settlement say they want to voice their frustrations.

Communal toilets at the Kosovo informal settlement, Cape Town. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Residents from the Kosovo informal settlement in Philippi on Friday said they were extremely disappointed the march to the Cape Town CBD was called off.

Locals said they were looking forward to voicing their frustrations by taking to the streets.

The community says it lives in appalling conditions and has demanded something be done about the situation.

The informal settlement is densely populated with shacks and drains blocked resulting in a bad smell.

Residents say communal toilets are filled up to capacity.

With illegal rubbish dumps around every corner, people say they are living like animals.

Protest organiser Vuyelwa Mgqadi says more than 5,000 locals were ready to take to Cape Town streets this morning.

But the protest was cancelled.

Meanwhile, some informal traders fear they will be going home with less money despite no protests taking place.

At least 250,000 protestors calling for better sanitation were meant to descend on the city centre on Friday.

But an 11th hour interdict lodged by the City of Cape Town prevented them from demonstrating.

Informal trader Baron Olyn says the hype around the intended strike has severely affected his fruit business.

"We didn't know whether to stock up or not. We really lost out on business today."