Macassar protesters torch council building

Community members say residents in the area should be housed before Nomzamo evictees.

Macassar community members say residents in the area should be housed before Nomzamo evictees. Picture: Mia Spies.

CAPE TOWN - Macassar residents on Monday torched a municipal building during a demonstration in the area.

Police spokesperson Frederick van Wyk says angry residents also pelted City of Cape Town vehicles with stones.

"Extensive fire damage was done to the building."

A protester was allegedly struck with a rubber bullet and was taken to hospital.

A Macassar community leader says the outraged residents are protesting because they want the housing that has allegedly been promised to Nomzamo evictees.

The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) evicted Nomzamo residents after obtaining a court order.

Evictees are being temporarily housed in a local community hall in the area.

Authorities tried to relocate affected Nomzamo families to Sanral-owned land in Blackheath earlier this month, but community members slammed the move.

It is reported that Macassar protests turned violent after hundreds of locals demonstrated outside the councillor's office.

Community leader Christian Stewart says Macassar residents are angry because they need housing themselves.

"We are not saying no to the Nomzamo people. What we are saying is Macassar people should be housed first, that's how we think things should be dealt with."

Stewart says a meeting will take place on Thursday between the community and the ward councillor to address the matter.