Ses'Khona accused of fuelling Philippi tensions

Patricia de Lille says the city has video footage of activists inciting violence during a land invasion.

A protest erupted in Philippi after police and City of Cape Town officials began evicting informal settlers in the area on 11 August. Picture: Twitter.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille says the City of Cape Town has video footage of activists affiliated to a controversial community group inciting violence during a land invasion.

Informal settlers tried to occupy land in Philippi East last week, sparking a violent altercation with police.

Police and city officials moved into the area to remove numerous shacks.

Shacks were taken apart, sparking clashes with residents.

De Lille says the The Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement is to blame for fuelling tensions.

"These claims are based on evidence showing the involvement of the Ses'Khona leaders. We have footage of them inciting the crowds and urging them to block the roads and attack the police."

The movement's Loyiso Nkohla however, denies the allegation saying they've never visited the informal settlement in question.

"Anything that goes wrong in the City of Cape Town is always associated with Ses'Khona. Attention is being diverted from real issues to attacking individual leaders of Ses'Khona which is not going to help the society."

The evictions follow the controversial evictions at the Nomzamo informal settlement in Strand.


The city has welcomed an undertaking by the South African Police Service to establish a priority committee to deal with illegal land invasions across Cape Town.

On Monday, police arrested several people in Enkanini in Khayelitsha following violent confrontations between land invaders and police.

People have been trying to occupy the land since Sunday.

Some evicted residents are adamant they will reinvade the vacant piece of land opposite the informal settlement.

They say their patience has worn thin while waiting for housing.