City of CT adamant it accelerated process to redevelop Imizamo Yethu

Violent protests erupted with residents angry that they are still being accommodated at temporary relocation sites after the fire.

Imizamo Yethu residents sing and dance while police try to calm the situation. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town maintains it accelerated the process to redevelop fire-ravaged parts of Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay, even though rebuilding has taken longer than expected.

Over the weekend, violent and disruptive protests erupted with frustrated residents angry that they are still being accommodated at temporary relocation sites, more than three months after the blaze which killed four people and displaced thousands.

The demonstrations halted after Mayor Patricia de Lille met the community on Monday.

On 12 April, Mayor Patricia de Lille declared a local disaster.

“That will help us to speed up the city’s procurement processes for us to make money available so that we can deal with this tragedy as soon as possible.”

Despite that declaration, Imizamo Yethu fire victims are still waiting for the reblocking process to be completed.

The City of Cape Town says although procurement processes were accelerated, the actual work was not.

De Lille's office has now told Eyewitness News, instead of contractors only working on one site at a time, they will be working on all three affected sites - namely Madiba Square, Shooting Range, Dontse Yakhe.