Khayelitsha toilet protest continues

2010-06-01 07:59

Khayelitsha residents continued burning tyres today in protest

against the removal of 65 toilets in the Makhaza settlement, Western Cape police

said.


Captain Anneke van der Vyver said tyres were burnt on a footbridge

on the R300 and the N2 was blocked with concrete slaps and burning tyres.


“The N2 has been cleared and opened to traffic, the other road has

been closed for traffic as the rubble is being removed,” she said.


She said a police van had been pelted with stones, but the

situation was under control.


“A high number of police have been deployed to monitor the

situation and protect motorists using the roads.”


Residents were protesting against the City of Cape Town’s decision

to remove the unenclosed toilets, after ANC Youth League members destroyed

enclosures erected by the city last week.


Cape Town mayor Dan Plato said the toilets would be replaced once

residents had built enclosures themselves.


“Given that the city has been prevented from building the remaining

enclosures, we have resolved to temporarily remove the toilets until appropriate

enclosures have been built.


“We are willing to go back and reinstall the toilets as soon as the

community reaches an agreement with the Youth League.”

 

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