Leaders agree to reblocking, says City

2017-08-01 06:01
Imizamo Yethu after the fire in March. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

Imizamo Yethu after the fire in March. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Two groups of community leaders in Imizamo Yethu have met to negotiate a peace deal to restore calm in the area so that the City of Cape Town’s super blocking project can proceed.

The two groups include a small group of community leaders who were against super blocking while the majority of the leaders support the project and have been working with City officials, according to a City statement.

The leaders met with the mayor, other City officials and senior members of the police at the Hout Bay Fire Station on Saturday 22 July.

“The two community leader groups came to an agreement in which the one group was updated about the super blocking project. They agreed to engage the community at large to put an end to the violence so that the project can continue,” says mayor Patricia de Lille.

It was agreed that three meetings would take place with the community on three sites: The Dontse Yakhe site, the Disa site and the sports field in Imizamo Yethu.

“The violence which flared up again this past week caused a delay in the super blocking project, with contractors being pulled off site as their lives and equipment were in danger. The houses of three community leaders who are working with the City were also burnt down during the violent protests this past week,” De Lille says.

The group of leaders who were previously opposed to super blocking agreed to engage with City officials and a series of meetings has been planned to ensure that they are updated regularly on progress.

“The community leaders further agreed that the City’s work on super blocking must continue. We are hopeful that the peace will hold so that we can continue with the project,” concludes De Lille.

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