CT cleans up after protests

2009-05-07 20:08

Cape Town - Cape Town municipal workers have begun cleaning up an area of Khayelitsha hit by service delivery protests, the city said on Thursday.

This followed a meeting on Wednesday night between residents, and mayoral committee member Dan Plato and ward councillor Nontsomi Billie, the city said in a statement.

At the meeting a seven-person committee of community members was set up to liaise with city officials on their concerns.

The city said cleaning and roads staff moved into the BT section of Khayelitsha's Site C on Thursday morning to "clean up the area and restore services after several days of sporadic protests".

"This cleanup operation is part of the city's efforts to normalise the situation and work together with the Khayelitsha community.

"The primary objective of the cleanup operation is to reduce health and safety risks as a result of the service disruptions."

Residents' concerns

Workers also filled in two trenches dug across Landsdowne Road, which had blocked vehicles.

Concerns raised by the residents at Wednesday's meeting were water, sanitation, electricity and land.

"This is an extremely complex situation with approximately one thousand two hundred and fifty households densely packed onto a road reserve," said Plato in the statement.

This made installation of basic services such as toilets, water standpipes and electricity extremely difficult.

Newly elected Western Cape Premier Helen Zille said earlier this week the protests were politically motivated, and followed an ANC decision to make the province ungovernable.

The ANC has rejected the claim.