'Protests aimed at making Cape Town ungovernable'

Mayor Patricia de Lille says opposition parties have a hand in several recent major protests.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Mayor Patricia de Lille says attempts to make Cape Town ungovernable will not upset the Democratic Alliance's efforts to retain power in the 2016 local government elections.

De Lille told a full council meeting she blamed opposition parties for having a hand in several major protests around the City recently.

She listed six major demonstrations that have disrupted transport and other services over the past two months and said they occurred at strategic points and were calculated attempts to make the city unmanageable.

"Investigations showed that these coordinated acts of sabotage were well organised."

She cited the Metrorail sabotage as one of the attempts by what she calls proxy organisations for the opposition.

De Lille believes the agenda of these protesters is political and geared towards the 2016 local government elections.

Earlier this month, De Lille said she believed violence protests in Nyanga and along the N2 were politically motivated.

She went on to challenge the African National Congress, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement to publicly condemn violence, adding if they remained silent, then it would be proof that they condone it.

Ses'Khona, however, has distanced itself from protests in Nyanga.