'Ses'khona wants to make CT ungovernable'

Patricia de Lille says the controversial group is going out of its way to make the city ungovernable.

FILE: Patricia de Lille says a controversial group is going out of its way to make the city ungovernable. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has reiterated her beliefs that a controversial community grouping is going out of its way to make the city ungovernable.

De Lille on Wednesday announced the municipality has video footage of activists affiliated to the Ses'khona People's Rights Movement, inciting violence during a land invasion in Philippi east.

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 claims the footage shows the members encouraging land invaders to block off roads and attack the police

"We want the city to belong to everyone. Some so called leaders want none of these things. They would have the city divided and at war with itself. Now these enemies of the future have found a home in the ANC through Ses'khona."

But the Ses'khona's Loyiso Nkohla says the city's using the organisation as a scapegoat for its inability to render services.

"There was no instruction from the side of Ses'khoza to say people must go invade land. If there's video footage that shows that Ses'khona members they must that before the court."

De Lille says the Ses'Khona is also to blame for fuelling tensions.

Earlier this month, she accused Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu of placing stumbling blocks in the city's efforts to address housing needs.

It's alleged the Department of Human Settlements is withholding a R50 million housing grant.

The department has denied Sisulu has an agenda against the city.

De Lille believes Sisulu is deliberately refusing to release funding for housing, while the Western Cape faces regular protests around housing delivery.