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ANC weighs in on Philippi East violence

Residents of the Marikana & lower Crossroads clashed last weekend, leaving three people dead.

FILE: Tensions between residents of Marikana and lower Crossroads in Philippi flared last weekend in what was thought to beeen service delivery protests. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape has weighed in on a violent feud between two Philippi East communities.

Residents of the Marikana informal settlement and lower Crossroads clashed last weekend, leaving three people dead and several others injured.

At least nine houses and shacks were petrol bombed.

The violence was initially thought to be linked to poor service delivery and land.

The local ward councillor and Philippi community leaders have been working tirelessly to defuse tensions between the two communities.

But some residents in the lower Crossroads area maintain the Marikana informal settlers must return to wherever they are from.

ANC regional chairman Xolani Sotashe said the party is now part of talks to prevent further possible violence.

"Violence is not going to solve the problems facing these residents."

Sotashe said several meetings have been planned for the next few days.