Six Cape Town City officials attacked

2013-04-28 16:00
(Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - Six Cape Town City officials were attacked and a municipal car and cleaning equipment set alight in Kanana informal settlement, Gugulethu, Mayor Patricia de Lille said on Sunday.

In a statement she condemned Thursday's "senseless attacks".

She said the officials were prevented from doing their work by disgruntled former workers. Some local residents were allegedly also involved.

The officials were hospitalised after the attacks. They had all been discharged and were sent home to recover on Friday.

De Lille's spokesperson, Solly Malatsi, said the city was considering laying charges.

Sub-contractors in the area were having a dispute with their employer, the contractor, about salaries. The city brought in its own employees to carry on with the work until an agreement was reached.

"It is regrettable that city officials who make immeasurable sacrifices to ensure that all residents have access to the highest possible level of services are targeted by a minority group to advance their interests," De Lille said.

"This financial year alone the city has spent over R130m to replace vandalised infrastructure across the metro."

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