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ANC: Grabouw residents still bearing brunt of violent protests

Protesters took to the streets after shacks built on a piece of privately-owned land were demolished.

FILE: Grabouw residents torched the local traffic department during a protest on 10 May 2016. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Theewaterskloof Municipality says residents of Grabouw are still bearing the brunt of violent protests that broke out in the area earlier this year.

About two months ago, protesters took to the streets after shacks built on a piece of privately-owned land were demolished.

The party's chief whip in the Theewaterskloof Municipality, Charles November, says the violence cost the municipality millions of rands in damages.

November says the money spent on repairing damaged infrastructure could have been put to better use.

Protesters set the local traffic department alight during protests earlier this year.

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November says the community has been greatly disadvantaged as residents now have to travel 46km to Caledon to make use of the traffic department there.

The chief whip adds the top priority is to possibly get financial assistant from national government to rebuild the traffic department.

"We will not allow people to burn down any State property because it is an asset for our children."

November says he's certain the ANC will be able to take control of the Democratic Alliance-run municipality come 3 August.