Grabouw residents vow to continue fight for basic services

More than 1,000 people marched to the Theewaterskloof Municipality's offices to hand over a memorandum.

Theewaterskloof Mayor Chris Punt signed for the memorandum after a short conversation with the Grabouw Civic Organisation's Margaret Le Roux on 15 September, 2014. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Grabouw residents have vowed to continue their fight for basic service delivery.

Resident Janet Stena was one of more than 1,000 people who took to the streets in protest earlier today against a lack of adequate housing and service delivery today.

She says protests will continue in the area until the Theewaterskloof Municipality provides residents with a detailed plan on how it's going to solve the housing shortage in the Overberg town.

"The municipality is not doing enough in the community. We are suffering."

Earlier, police fired tear gas to disperse the group.

The violence erupted after Theewaterskloof Mayor Chris Punt returned to the municipal offices without addressing the crowd on how authorities plan to address their demands.

Angry protesters started stoning cars and some threatened to loot shops in the area.

As a result, a number of businesses were forced to close their doors.

More than a thousand people marched on the offices of the Theewaterskloof municipality to hand over a memorandum of demands.

It is the second memorandum that has been handed over to the municipality in two months.

The demonstrators say they want the mayor to give them details of the municipality's housing plans.

Calm has been restored for now as police keep a watchful eye and community leaders plead for protesters to refrain from violence.