CTISO sorry for CBD looting

The Cape Town Informal Settlements Organisations apologised for a violent housing protest.

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

CAPE TOWN - The Cape Town Informal Settlements Organisations (CTISO) leaders on Monday apologised for the looting of stalls and shops along St. George's Mall during a service delivery protest on 30 October.

Police and demonstrators clashed during the protest in the Cape Town city centre.

The march became violent when some people started looting stalls and damaging property.

CTISO's Siyabulela Mafu promised that future protests will be peaceful.

"We apologise for the incident that happened on 30 October."

On Friday, a march to the Cape Town CBD was called off after an 11th hour court interdict was obtained by the City of Cape Town.

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

An application to demonstrate later this month has also been turned down, but Mafu says they are determined to push ahead with the protest.

Community leaders welcomed Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu's intervention as a mediator.