Protests flare up in Siqalo

Residents have blocked a section of Jakes Gerwel Drive with tyres and portable toilets.

Siqalo informal settlement residents took to the streets on 24 February 2016 over service delivery concerns. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Siqalo informal settlement residents have vowed to continue the shutdown of a major road through Mitchells Plain if their service delivery concerns are not addressed.

Protesters took to the streets this morning causing traffic chaos.

Residents have blocked a section of Jakes Gerwel Drive with smouldering tyres and full canisters of Porta Potti toilets, leaving a pungent smell in the air.

#SqaloProtest Instead residents have started more fires. "We don't want potta potties," they shout. XK pic.twitter.com/AZotRPEeLv

#SqaloProtest Police tried to negotiate with the protestors but they say they won't stop until concerns are met. XK pic.twitter.com/1zjrV6jn6e

Workers responsible for servicing the Porta Potti toilets claim their employer violates a number of labour laws and is being unfairly compensated.

On the other hand, residents say they don't want the portable toilets because they smell and leak inside their homes.

#SqaloProtest On the other,locals don't want the portable toilets because they "smell and leak inside our homes". XK pic.twitter.com/VYNpuTvbQE

A number of Metro Police and South African Police Service officials are on scene.