Mfuleni community members vandalize coucillor's home over land dispute

2016-03-31 23:04
(Picture: City of Cape Town)

(Picture: City of Cape Town)

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Cape Town – Members of the Mfuleni community just outside of Cape Town attacked a Councillor's home and set fire to the community hall on Thursday as a result of unhappiness with regards to land occupation.

According to Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security JP Smith, a group of almost 1 000 people blocked roads during the day by burning rubbish. They also threw rocks at vehicles passing by and assaulted some people.

Some of the protesters attacked the home of ANC Councillor Themba Honono and vandalised it before attacking the fire station on Thursday evening.

Honono’s house suffered heavy damage while some of his contents had been looted and his vehicle damaged. There were, however, no injuries reported at the house.

According to Smith, two suspects were arrested for arson.

The fire station had to be evacuated, with the staff and equipment being moved to Belhar station.

“Some of the homes [in the area] are being redeveloped while the people living in the backyards are not beneficiaries, meaning they are not entitled to the ground they are staying on,” Smith told News24.

This is believed to have caused the unrest under unhappy members of the community who took to the streets.

Smith said that MEC for Human Settlements in the Western Cape, Bonginkosi Madikizela, has since agreed to meet with unhappy community members within the next few days.

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