Hangberg residents snub DA's housing plans

Premier Helen Zille received a frosty welcome in Hangberg and were accused of canvassing.

Premier Helen Zille and DA leaders received a frosty welcome in Hangberg and were accused of canvassing. Picture: Niki McQueen via www.da.org.za.

CAPE TOWN - Some Hangberg residents in Hout Bay haven't forgotten the violent clashes of 2010 and have demanded an apology from Western Cape Premier Helen Zille.

Zille visited Hangberg for the first time since the so called 'battle of Hangberg' four years ago, which saw some locals clashing with police.

The community continues to blame government for what happened when city officials moved in to demolish shacks which had been illegally built on the slopes of the sentinel.

Zille received a frosty welcome where tensions over housing boiled over.

Some angry resident says Zille and her party haven't visited their area since 2010.

"This is the first time Helen Zille has visited our community since 2010 when they told all the police to come and break our shacks down."

Zille and Mayor Patricia De Lille announced the construction of residential units in the area, but were accused of electioneering.

DA leaders were ushered out of the community hall when residents became unruly. Construction of the housing is already underway but not everyone in the community is in favour.