EFF accused of inciting violence in Dunoon

Dunoon is beset by sporadic protests which have affected public transport & schooling.

Police protect foreign shop owners in Dunoon as they clear their shops of any goods after a night of violent looting. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has blamed violent protests in Dunoon on the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

The area has been beset by sporadic demonstrations since Sunday night, which have affected public transport and schooling.

Foreign-owned shops were also looted in the violence.

De Lille's spokesperson Pierrinne Leukes says the mayor has met with community leaders.

"The community leaders that Mayor De Lille met with reported that the EFF are mobilising and inciting public violence on the ground. This is also reflected in police intelligence which has been gathering the past few days.

"On 8 April a march was led to the city regarding the land invasion in Dunoon and this march was led by the EFF."


The City of Cape Town said more than 100 small business were destroyed last night, as well as the Dunoon MyCiti bus station.

A Congolese woman, who asked to remain anonymous, says her hair salon was set alight.

She said she lost stock and equipment worth thousands of rands.

"They are striking that their [government] must give them a house, but why [come] to us? Because we are not the person that must give them a house, it's government. Now they destroy everything."

Meanwhile, South African Police Service (Saps) officials and metro police will continue to maintain a strong presence in Dunoon.

Another Congolese woman said, "We are sewing clothes, every machine is gone. The industrial machine. We lost everything. We have children who survive on this, [what] must we do now?"