Cape Town protesters defy interdict

2013-05-27 15:37

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Cape Town - Protesters blocked roads near Cape Town International Airport on Monday morning despite an interim interdict banning such behaviour, the City of Cape Town said.

The Western Cape High Court last week granted the city an interdict against 89 former employees of toilet service company Sannicare and seven people associated with the ANC Youth League.

Utility services mayoral committee member Ernest Sonnenberg said on Monday that the sheriffs of the High Court or the SA Police Service were required to stop any conduct in contempt of the court order.

A group of people disrupted and blocked the roads around Borchards Quarry.

Sonnenberg said the interim interdict prohibited a certain group from interfering with service delivery, city staff, and property.

It also prevented the respondents from blocking any roads into and surrounding the N2, Borchards Quarry, NY108, the R300, Klipfontein Road, Stock Road, Symphony Way, Sheffield Road, and Vanguard Drive.

"The City views threats of violence and the disruption of basic service provision in a very serious light, and will not allow the actions of a small minority to affect the living conditions of the majority of citizens," Sonnenberg said.

"We will continue to use whatever legal channels we can to stop this well co-ordinated attack on City staff, innocent citizens, and public property."

Sannicare janitors responsible for cleaning communal toilets blocked a portion of the N2 highway with burning tyres last week and dumped faeces on the road, in protest against being dismissed.

Soon after, the city complained that residents who escorted city officials to neglected toilets were threatened.

ANCYL regional chairperson Khaya Yozi denied last week that its members had played any part in the toilet dispute.

"These are very extreme and unfounded allegations. It's just poor of the city, when they are caught with their pants down, to blame it on someone else," he said.

"We are not involved in these threats or violence whatsoever."

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