Zille to try and resolve stand-off

The Premier will meet with religious leaders to remedy the situation with informal settlement activists.

The Premier will meet with religious leaders to remedy the situation with informal settlement activists. Picture: Stephen Phillipson/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The office of Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has confirmed she will meet with Cape Town religious leaders today to hopefully resolve the stand-off between government and informal settlement activists.

Activists have threatened to mobilise thousands of people from townships to effectively shut down the Cape Town CBD.

They are demanding that residents in informal settlements be given proper housing and sanitation.

Religious leaders have since stepped in, acting as mediators as tensions reached fever pitch over the issues.

Zille's spokesperson Zak Mbhele says the meeting with the religious leaders will take place this afternoon.

"From the side of government to give a clear and comprehensive picture of what the city and the province are doing to manage its budgets to maximise service delivery, as well as to hear the kind of issues that they as leaders are seeing and hearing."

But activist Siyabulela Mafu is adamant the march will take place at the end of this month.

Mafu says all measures will be taken to ensure the march is peaceful.

"It's going to be a peaceful march as we have always promised. But we'll make sure that we have all the people, like marshals, to make sure nothing happens."

Previous demonstrations turned violent last year after protesters went on a rampage.

The protest action is centred around demands for housing and proper sanitation.