City in talks after violent Klipheuwel protest

2015-08-25 11:26
Residents burn tyres during a protest in Klipheuwel, outside Cape Town. (Lourens Steyn, Mikpunt Neighbourhood Watch, Supplied)

Residents burn tyres during a protest in Klipheuwel, outside Cape Town. (Lourens Steyn, Mikpunt Neighbourhood Watch, Supplied)

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2015-08-12 12:52

Community members from Marikana township near Philippi, Cape Town, protested outside the Cape Town High Court on Wednesday morning in response to the latest threat of land evictions by the City of Cape Town. Watch. WATCH

Cape Town – The City of Cape Town is in negotiations with a Klipheuwel man to provide electricity for people who have settled on his land.

There have been several violent protests in the area, most recently on Monday when residents burnt tyres, looted shops and threw stones at vehicles.

A representative from Mayor Patricia de Lille's office went to meet the protesters to inform them of the negotiations.

"The city can only provide electricity if the landowner gives the necessary permission by signing a servitude agreement," said De Lille’s spokesperson Pierrinne Leukes.

She said they had already approached Eskom to assist in fast-tracking the provision but could only embark on that process once the agreement was signed.

The area is about 60km out of central Cape Town and close to Philadelphia.

According to Mikpunt Neighbourhood Watch chairperson Lourens Steyn, the provision of basic services had been an issue for around four years and protests were getting increasingly violent.

A nearby smallholding owner in Mikpunt, Albert Rossouw, told News24 they felt protesters were holding them hostage because they had blocked off their only access road.

"We basically feel like hostages in our town. We can't get to work. We can't drive around at night. It's dangerous for us."

Western Cape police spokesperson Constable Noloyiso Rwexana said about 21 people, nine of them minors, had been arrested on charges of public violence.

She said the area was "quiet" on Tuesday morning.

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