Ottery informal structures taken down

2019-04-11 14:59
Informal structures on Edward Road, Ottery.

Informal structures on Edward Road, Ottery.

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Ottery residents, who illegally erected structures in the open land on Edward Road opposite the Bruce Civic Centre earlier this week were left frustrated this morning when the City of Cape Town’s department of law enforcement demolished the structures at 10:30.

According to a resident, the structures were erected following mayor Dan Plato’s empty promise to witness and address their housing concerns. He was supposed to return to investigate and give feedback from a previous meeting between him and beneficiaries.

At a community event held in Parkwood on Sunday 7 April, Plato announced that he would go back to the community during the week, which he has not done yet, with community leaders informed that his visit is postponed to next week Wednesday 17 April.

In their frustration, they started building shacks in the open space.

"We have heard promises and the mayor lied to us again. People are living under uncomfortable situations which we wanted him to see for himself. We cannot wait for something we do not know is going to happen or not. We are doing what we can to improve our situation,” says community leader Wade Mathews.

He adds the affected community will not “take the demolitions lying down."

"The situation is calm at the moment, but people are angry, we don’t know what is going to happen."

Law enforcement inspector, Wayne Dyason, confirmed the demolition, saying the City obtained a court order for the execution.

As a result, leaders in the area have called for a mass community meeting on the same piece of land tonight "to show solidarity and to map out the way forward". 

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