EFF backs Dunoon residents in Cape Town housing protest

2016-04-08 15:01
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Cape Town - Protesters have started to disperse after making their way from Dunoon to the Cape Town city centre during a protest over housing and services in the area on Friday morning.

Residents, along with members of the Economic Freedom Fighters Western Cape branch, took to the streets early Friday morning, marching from their community to the Century City train station. From there, they took a train to Cape Town and protested outside the Cape Town Civic Centre.

The EFF’s Andrew Arnolds said the community had approached the party to help them "organise and follow the correct channels" to raise their issues with council.

Residents are demanding land, homes and toilets, which has sparked a number of sporadic protests in recent weeks.

Arnolds said Dunoon residents were frustrated.

"We can’t understand why the City is selling land to developers while they are sitting with nothing," he said.

Law enforcement and police kept watch as the group traveled almost 20km to hand over a memorandum to City officials listing their demands, giving them seven days to respond.

Earlier, MyCiTi buses were prevented from leaving the Stables bus depot in Dunoon, the City of Cape Town said in a statement.

"The group gathered in front of the gates at the depot during the early hours of this morning, blocking the exit and preventing a staff bus transporting bus drivers from entering the premises," said mayoral committee member for transport for Cape Town Brett Herron.

"Law Enforcement officials were deployed to assist with the situation. The first buses were only dispatched at around 06:30 this morning, with Law Enforcement assisting and escorting the bus drivers. 

"Transport for Cape Town (TCT), the City’s transport authority, requested that other vehicle operating companies assist with additional trips along the affected routes in an effort to limit delays and the inconvenience to commuters."

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