City of CT to prioritise Imizamo Yethu reconstruction programme

Angry residents went on the rampage for several days demanding redevelopment of the community be speeded up.

FILE: Imizamo Yethu residents sit on the roadside after blocking the roads with sheets of corrugated iron. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town says that a reconstruction programme in Imizamo Yethu will be prioritised, following a deadly fire in March.

Angry residents went on the rampage for several days, demanding that redevelopment of the community be speeded up.

Normalcy has returned to Hout Bay, but many Imizamo Yethu residents will no doubt hold the City of Cape Town to its word.

Following meetings with community leaders after three days of violent protests, the municipality has promised that grievances will be addressed.

Mayor Patricia de Lille says that what’s called “re-blocking” will be accelerated.

Mayoral spokesperson Zara Nicholson say: “We’re going to accelerate the re-blocking across the three areas of Madiba Square, the shooting range and Donziake. We will work in all three areas at the same time.”

The city adds that a new programme management team will be assigned to facilitate and oversee the process.

LISTEN: De Lille responds to Imizamo Yethu protests

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)