Calls for calm in Grabouw

2016-05-12 20:02
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Cape Town – Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi called for calm in Grabouw on Thursday afternoon following growing unrest after shack builders were asked to leave.

On Tuesday News24 reported that protests began after people who built shacks on land owned by the Department of Public Works were warned to leave.

Nxesi said in a statement that he met with Provincial MEC for Human Settlements, Bongikosi Madikizela, and the mayor of Theewaterskloof Municipality, Chris Punt to talk about the situation in Grabouw.

"As the three spheres of government, we jointly acknowledged the need for land and for housing, but agreed that we cannot condone the illegal invasion of land," Nxesi said.

He said that although they supported the right to protest, they wanted to appeal for calm and asked that the community refrain from resorting to violence.

This was after the Grabouw traffic department offices was set alight during protests on Tuesday.

"Thus far we have had engagements with the community through officials of the [public works] department. We have appealed to the community to cease the illegal occupation of the property and to voluntarily vacate and remove the illegal structures which have been erected."

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