Frustration boiling over as Imizamo Yethu residents continue protest

Demonstrations have entered a third day, causing disarray in Hout Bay.

Protesting Imizamo Yethu residents protested on Monday 3 July and say they are angry at the slow pace of rebuilding the community after the blaze in March which claimed 4 lives. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some protesting Imizamo Yethu residents say they are frustrated that they are still living in temporary structures more than three months after a devastating fire destroyed their homes.

Demonstrations have entered a third day, causing disarray in Hout Bay.

Protesting Imizamo Yethu residents have set fire to a car, while rubble has been scattered across a road along with metal sheets.

A protester questioned why the provincial government has spent millions on rebuilding Knysna after a devastating fire, but Imizamo Yethu residents are still living in temporary structures following the blaze in Imizamo Yethu.

They're calling for Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille to meet with them.

De Lille says she will meet with residents once they suspend their protest.

The City of Cape Town’s Zara Nicholson says that officials have been engaging residents on their points of concern.

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

The city has condemned the violence. Nicholson adds: “The city has been working day in and day out. We have already spent millions of rand on the re-blocking project and look forward to working with the community. However, we have found that we don’t always get their cooperation. We appeal to them to work with us.”

The city’s Richard Coleman says officials are monitoring the scene.

“We have the SAPS and Metro Police on scene. We’re keeping the roads closed to keep people safe, until the rubble has been cleared."

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)