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De Lille releases Valhalla Park probe findings

Patricia de Lille met with Valhalla Park residents to provide findings from a probe into service delivery.

Patricia de Lille met with Valhalla Park residents to provide findings from a probe into service delivery. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says great strides have been taken to try and resolve issues regarding service delivery in Valhalla Park.

The mayor met with the Valhalla Park committee on Monday night at the Cape Town Civic Centre, where she provided findings of an investigation into its complaints regarding service delivery.

Agstelaan informal settlement residents participated in a service delivery protest, blocking off parts of Robert Sobukwe Road last week after several shacks burnt down earlier that day.

This followed a devastating blaze, which displaced about 1,400 people last month.

De Lille says the committee also agreed to distance themselves from its co-ordinator Sulyman Stellenboom, who she claims has been used to politicise the issues in the area by the African National Congress (ANC).

"The city will continue to talk to this committee without the presence of Sulyman Stellenboom who is representing Marius Fransman and the ANC. We will not continue to politicise the problems of the community in Valhalla Park."

But Stellenboom has rubbished these claims.

"They're going to give one toilet to three families. When that was mentioned, I said no. Crime is very high in that area, how can a female go to a toilet at night? Based on that, the City of Cape Town says I am like a politician."