Protesting Imizamo Yethu residents demand basic services

The residents have been at loggerheads with the City of Cape Town since last year when a fire devastated the area.

Community members from Imizamo Yethu handed over a memorandum of grievances to City of Cape Town officials during a protest on 26 March 2018. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A group of protesting Imizamo Yethu residents is demanding basic services.

The residents have been at loggerheads with the City of Cape Town since last year when a fire devastated the area.

Many have been waiting for over a year while reconstructions efforts proceed.

The city has approached the courts to remove residents from the land they've been occupying since the blaze.

Protest leader Pamela Sofika handed over a memorandum of grievances to City of Cape Town officials before dispersing peacefully.

Sofika, along with residents of about 190 households, who the city has been trying to relocate in order to get reblocking underway, says they’re not happy with the structures the municipality plans on giving families once the reblocking is complete.

“We are free… we are free to say that you cannot relocate a person without communicating with them. If you relocate a person you have to agree on the size of the structure. In my life, I’ve never lived in a three-bedroom [house] and I never will until I die.”

Residents are also demanding electricity and adequate sanitation services.

Ward councillor Rob Quintas says the city will look the demands.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)