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Bo Kaap protests flare up over gentrification of area

The Bo Kaap Civic Association has issued a memorandum to city bosses demanding that no municipal land be sold to developers.

FILE: One of Cape Town's oldest suburbs, Bo Kaap. Picture: Natalie Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Violent protests flared up in Bo Kaap on Tuesday over the 'gentrification' of the area.

Demonstrators burnt tyres and closed Wale and Buitengracht streets.

The Bo Kaap Civic Association has issued a memorandum to city bosses demanding that no municipal land be sold to developers. Community members also want land be made available for affordable housing.

Activist Igshaan Higgins explains resident's grievances: "We are concerned about unemployment, the lack of housing, the exorbitant increase in rates and tariffs for living in Bo Kaap."

The city's Wayne Dyason says: "Apparently they're protesting about the development in the area, its against gentrification. It's been happening consistently now and its been going on for quite some time.

Dyason says law enforcement officials will monitor the area, as well as Woodlands in Mitchell's Plain and Parkwood, where recent violent protests have taken place.