WATCH | 3 arrested after Cape Town resort buildings set alight in protest

  • Three people have been arrested following a protest in Khayelitsha on Thursday.
  • Residents of a nearby informal settlement were said to be disgruntled about the toilet services being offered.
  • Cape Town mayor Dan Plato said public funding would now have to be diverted to repair buildings.

Three people were arrested for public violence on Thursday after buildings were set alight at Monwabisi Resort in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, during a protest, police said.

Western Cape police spokesperson FC van Wyk said that residents of Monwabisi informal settlement blocked Baden Powell Drive with rubble and burning tyres in protest over toilet services.

He said protesters went over the road and forced their way into the resort before burning down two buildings.

Two men and a woman, aged 36 to 41, were arrested.

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Mayor Dan Plato condemned the incident.

"This is not the first time that this resort is targeted in this manner, and it really is shameful that public funding will now have to be diverted from other crucial projects to fix the damage," he said.

"There is simply no valid reason to destroy a beautiful recreational facility that has for years been used by the residents of Khayelitsha and surrounds."

According to the City, about R2m was spent in 2019/20 to upgrade and paint the facility in preparation for the festive season.

"It is unfortunate that Monwabisi Resort has become a target for community protests. Not too long ago, a vehicle was burnt down at the resort," said Plato.

The resort was currently closed. Plato said the actions put in danger security personnel and contractor staff who were on site throughout the year, completing repairs and maintenance.

However, community leader Lonwabo Mqina told News24 that the community are dissatisfied with the City of Cape Town's toilet service delivery. They share chemical toilets which according to Mqina, haven't been washed in 9 days.

"The City promised residents that they would build flushing toilets when the contract with Mshengu expired at the end of June but instead they have just assigned the contract to another company," he told News24.

According to Mqina, the community leaders condemn the burning of buildings but said that community members are frustrated.

"They believe that when you talk to the City, you get no response, the only time they listen is when you burn tyres or block roads," he said.

"Our people really must get fully flushed toilets for their dignity."

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