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De Lille to meet Macassar residents

The CT mayor wants to ease tensions after residents went on a rampage this week.

Hundreds of disgruntled Macassar residents gathered near the police station threatening to vandalise more public property. Picture: Mia Spies

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has scheduled a meeting with disgruntled Macassar residents, who've gone on the rampage over the last two days.

Community members took part in violent protests over the possible relocation of Nomzamo informal settlers to the area.

Disgruntled residents set a municipal building alight, demanding their housing issues be sorted out first before Nomzamo residents are brought in.

Hundreds of disgruntled Macassar residents gathered near the police station threatening to vandalize more public property. Picture: Mia Spies

At the beginning of June, hundreds of Nomzamo community members were forcibly evicted from their homes situated on a piece of land near Strand.

The land is privately owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), who intends using the and for a road building project.

Authorities plan to resettle the evictees in Macassar in several months' time.

De Lille says she wants to ease tensions there.

"I will have a public meeting with the community on Thursday night, to address their concerns. And I will appeal to communities not to take the law into their own hands, to assist us and to keep law and order."

At least 15 people were arrested on Tuesday for public violence as tensions over housing again spilled over onto the streets.

Protests are also said to be affecting schooling in the area.

A number of streets in Macassar were blocked off on Tuesday, as the area became a battle ground for clashes between protesters and police.

Macassar residents have been demanding to speak to city officials, despite a public meeting already scheduled for Thursday.

One resident who has not been part of the protest says, "My children can't go to crèche, they have to stay at home and we're not happy about what's happening in Macassar."

Residents have threatened to continue protesting until their demands are met.