More threats for city

2015-05-28 06:01

Residents in Marikana Informal Settlement in Philippi East are demanding services such as waste removal from the City as rubbish is awash in the streets as a result of lack of services, they say.  


Residents in Marikana Informal Settlement in Philippi East are demanding services such as waste removal from the City as rubbish is awash in the streets as a result of lack of services, they say. PHOTO: MANDLA MAHASHE

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Residents in Marikana Informal Settlement in Philippi East have vowed to continue protesting until City officials address them regarding their demands for service delivery.

In a twist of irony; these are the same residents who were being forced out of the land close to Philippi Industrial area by the City of Cape Town last year for illegal land occupation, who now seek services delivery from them.

Their leader, Joseph Makeleni said that the leadership had tried to initiate talks with members of the mayoral committee three weeks ago but have not received any response.

“When we approached them they told us that we must apply so that we can be considered for a meeting.

We did that and we have been waiting ever since and we have relayed this to residents,” said Makeleni.

The residents decided that they were tired of waiting and took action, said Makeleni.

Symphony Way and Stock Road were barricaded with rocks and burning tyres on Tuesday morning.

Refuse and rocks were planted on the road near the robots at the corner of Lansdowne and Stock Roads.

Golden Arrow bus services had to be re-routed away from the chaos while the commuters had to find alternative means of transport.

Things are bound to get worse if the resident’s needs are not met, according to Makeleni.

“As leaders we have tried our best to calm residents and ask for patience, but it’s difficult because the is no services provision here.

Rubbish is spewed all over the place and people have had enough so they are showing their anger.”

All this could have been avoided if the City had taken them seriously and met with the leadership, Makeleni said.

“The residents will continue to protest until they come and address them,” he added

Asked about the safety of motorists and other members of community during the protest, he said that the leadership was doing its best to make sure that no one is hurt.

Wilfred Solomons-Johannes, the manager for special projects and community engagement at the City of Cape Town has condemned the protests.

“ While the City respects the rights of residents to voice their concerns, this must be done in a peaceful manner.

The City has continually engaged with the community structures and leaders and has conducted regular inspections and patrols in the area,” he said.

Solomons-Johannes noted some of the land was privately owned and they could not provide services to.

“This area has developed as a result of illegal land invasions. Although the City is prohibited by the Municipal Finance Management Act to provide services on privately-owned land, the City can provide services on City-owned land abutting the occupied land. It must be noted, however, that those who illegally invaded the privately-owned land have also encroached on the area where the City intends to provide services,” he said.

He said that the illegal occupation of the land negatively affected service delivery

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