Imizamo Yethu residents demand answers over housing

Disgruntled residents in the Hout Bay informal settlement demonstrated on Saturday.

FILE: The City of Cape Town says says several destroyed in a fire in Imizamo Yethu near Hout Bay. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Imizamo Yethu residents are continuing to demand answers over housing from City of Cape Town officials.

Disgruntled residents in the Hout Bay informal settlement demonstrated on Saturday, against the City's sluggish pace in re-blocking areas damaged by a massive fire in March.

At least 15,000 people were left homeless following the blaze.

The situation was calm in Imizamo Yethu on Sunday, and all roads were reopened following Saturday’s violent demonstration. Officers used stun grenades, rubber bullets and teargas to push the angry crowd back.

Metro Police officials are patrolling the area.

Some corrugated iron sheets have been scattered along the roadway leading into the Imizamo Yethu informal settlement.

This resident says living conditions in the temporary structures are abysmal.

“It’s not a good place to live in. It’s raining and we’re experiencing flooding in our homes.”

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille is expected to meet with the residents on Monday.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)