De Lille to meet Imizamo Yethu residents once protest suspended

Angry Imizamo Yethu residents embarked on violent protest action to vent their frustration over abysmal living conditions in the temporary relocation area.

FILE: Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille. Picture: Cindy Archillies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille says she will meet with Imizamo Yethu residents once they suspend their violent protest action.

A group of angry residents from the Hout Bay community expressed their dissatisfaction with the city’s slow pace of rebuilding a fire-destroyed section of the informal settlement.

Four people died and thousands of people were displaced in the March blaze.

Angry Imizamo Yethu residents embarked on violent protest action to vent their frustration over abysmal living conditions in the temporary relocation area.

They say that the City of Cape Town did not honour its commitment that they will be moved back to re-blocked structures after three months.

Community members are now demanding to interact with De Lille.

But her spokesperson Zara Nicholson says that officials have been engaging residents on their points of concern all along.

“Once they are prepared to speak to the city and not hold the city at ransom with such protests, the mayor is more than willing to engage with residents.”

City officials have emphasised that a formal housing project is currently underway.