Weekend of deadly anarchy in Philippi East

A service delivery protest which spiralled out of control triggered clashes among residents.

A service delivery protest which spiralled out of control triggered clashes among residents. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - It was a weekend of deadly anarchy in the Phillip East area as residents of two communities clashed leaving at least two people dead, several more injured and a number of homes torched.

A service delivery protest spiralled out of control, triggering clashes among residents of the Marikana Informal Settlement and lower Crossroads.

What started as a service delivery protest a week ago has been described as a highly volatile situation.

At least two houses, including a local ward councillor's home, were gutted.

Around 30 shacks were also torched and several other properties badly damaged as a result of the ongoing demonstrations.

The City of Cape Town's JP Smith said the Marikana Informal Settlement and Crossroads residents met on Sunday.

"Unfortunately it appears that while some members of the community were willing to settle and forgive and forget, others were determined to take the conflict further."

At least three law enforcement officials were wounded in the demonstrations.

The city estimated that it will cost at least R18 million to repair damages caused during the clashes.