Chaos ensues in Tafelsig

2020-04-14 15:15
Tensions flared in Tafelsig on Tuesday (14 April).

Tensions flared in Tafelsig on Tuesday (14 April).

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Tensions ran high in Tafelsig today (Tuesday 14 April) as residents pelted stones at police and burnt tyres at the intersection of AZ Berman Drive and Kilimanjaro Street.

Community worker Joanie Fredericks confirms the residents began protesting earlier today. 

"Tafelsig in Mitchell's Plain is burning tyres today because of how community leaders and groups were kept out in the planning of the food crisis," says Fredericks in a statement on social media. 

"We do not need to choose between dying of Covid-19 or hunger."

She was appealing to the local government to allow the communities to handle food parcels and its distribution. Ward 82 councillor Washiela Harris says the situation is still being monitored.

"They are protesting for food parcels," she says, "They say they want food parcels."

The incident allegedly follows a handout of parcels to residents from another organisation, not related to the government relief project.

Police spokesperson Capt Ian Williams says a group of between 500 and 1000 residents participated in the protest.

"The community of Tafelsig East are allegedly upset that the community of Tafelsig West received food parcels yesterday (Monday 13 April) and that they didn't receive anything. The community responded by burning tyres and started to throw stones at police when they came to investigate," says Williams. 

She confirms all relevant stakeholders are on the scene including police, metro police and law enforcement.

Fredericks tells People's Post the army and police officials were trying to control the crowd who have now moved toward the Olifantshoek section of Tafelsig.

"It seems the whole community is now part of this thing. At the moment it seems calm, but we do not know how long this will last," she says.

Public order police were deployed and no injuries were reported. Williams says a case of public violence has been registered.

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