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CT: Don't politicise Valhalla Park

The City of Cape Town has warned against politicising the plight of Valhalla Park residents.

FILE: Children and their parents are seen walking around the burnt-out remains of their Valhalla Park homes after a massive blaze. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says it will not allow the plight of Valhalla Park residents to be reduced to political point scoring.

Residents of the Agstelaan informal settlement blocked off Robert Sobukwe Drive on Wednesday with burning tyres, demanding houses.

In December, around 1,400 people were left destitute when a massive blaze ripped through the informal settlement.

The city says many of the concerns raised by the residents are being driven by political instigators.

Mayoral committee member Thandeka Gqaka says the city will not be held hostage by politicking.

"The elections are coming up and people are trying to take advantage of the situation to score political points."

The city claims activist Sulyman Stellenboom, who has been speaking on behalf of the community, is a known associate of provincial ANC chairperson Marius Fransman.

Tempers flared on Wednesday when several shacks burnt down in the second blaze to hit the area in less than a month.

No injuries were reported.