“Protests wreak havoc”

2018-03-15 06:00
Traffic jam at robots on the corner of Sheffield and New Eisleben roads. The robots were vandalised during the land invasion protest last month.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Traffic jam at robots on the corner of Sheffield and New Eisleben roads. The robots were vandalised during the land invasion protest last month.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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Philippi residents and motorists are feeling the heat following a land invasion protest in the area.

They accuse the leaders of the protest of being pathetic for allowing criminals to hijack their legitimate grievances.

They said the idea of the protest was valid, but lacked decisive leadership.

Ayanda Philips, a car owner from Brown’s Farm in Philippi, chastised the protesters for vandalism against infrastructure.

“I don’t understand why people destroy what they(already) have when they are protesting. Why they vandalise robots if they want houses? Why they burn buses? Golden Arrow has a nothing to do with housing development,” said Philips.

He said, instead they cause more harm because there are many accidents that occur because there are no robots.

He said he’d advise protesters to march to parliament or to government offices instead of burning tyres on the streets.

Nomfusi Botya, a backyarder in Marcus Garvey spoke strongly against vandalism and the destruction of public services.

“When the protest was started we were all fighting for houses, but when the protest became protracted, there was the interference of criminal elements.

There will be always those people who have their own negative intentions,” she said.

Botya said she didn’t understand why people burn tyres, instead of burning them in Cape Town where these officials are.

She also blamed motorists’ bad driving habits on the protesters.

Andile Soyamo, the public relations officer for the Cape Amalgamation Taxi Association(Cata) said the impact of the service delivery protest affected everybody.

“It doesn’t affect us taxis only ... The protests cause havoc and traffic jams on the roads because the robots are not functioning.

That causes people to panic because they become late for work,” said Soyamo.

He urged people to find amicable ways of resolving their grievances.

“They need to sit down and engage each other and if they don’t respond during a set time frame, then can take action. But they must not vandalise or destroy public services,” he urged.


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