Grabouw: Municipality, community leaders to meet

It's been a tense few days with violent clashes sparked by service delivery protests.

Protesters in Grabouw in the Western Cape block the road during a demonstration over the lack of housing, poor and expensive electricity supply and bad road conditions on Tuesday 16 September 2014. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Theewaterskloof Municipality says a meeting will be held with Grabouw community leaders tomorrow.

It's been a tense few days with violent clashes sparked by a protest over a lack of housing and service delivery.

Demonstrators blocked off parts of the N2 highway and Ou Kaapse Weg during the protests. Learners were also unable to attend school as a result of the demonstrations.

On Wednesday, a municipal building was set alight. The blaze caused extensive damage to the building.

Over 1,000 Grabouw residents marched to the Theewaterskloof Municipal offices on Monday where they handed over a list of grievances to Mayor Chris Punt.

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

The community has highlighted a lack of housing as the biggest issue facing residents.

Many Grabouw residents appear to be divided on who exactly is driving the violent protests in the area.

Many locals say they just want normality to return to their community.

There have also been allegations the protests may be politically motivated with some saying the African National Congress (ANC) is instigating the violence while others blame the Democratic Alliance for what they claim is the party's unwillingness to render proper services.

The ANC has said it's not responsible for the ongoing violence.