Informal settlement residents in Cape Town protest over delivery of water

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Xanthea Limberg. Photo: Jaco Marais
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  • Police say between 100 and 150 protesters staged a protest in Dunoon.
  • Residents were protesting about a lack of water in the area.
  • The City of Cape Town said water trucks were on site for delivery on Wednesday.

Protests erupted in Dunoon, Cape Town, on Wednesday afternoon after residents complained that the water tankers supplied by the City of Cape Town had not arrived.

According to community leader, Matomele Sinedlemba, angry residents took to the streets because they had been unable to get fresh water.

"Three informal settlements have been affected by this. The residents say the water tankers have not arrived over the past three days, so they have been burning tyres and protesting," he said.

Dunoon neighbourhood watch coordinator, Noluthando Fanele, said: "The protest is about service delivery and no water in the area by the informal settlement eZwezwe, that is next to Malibongwe Drive."

With a heavy police presence in the area, the protest eventually subsided.

The protest, however, resulted in road closures on Wednesday afternoon.

The City's traffic authorities said Malibongwe Drive was closed between Potsdam Road and Rivergate Road.

By late afternoon, the roads had been reopened.

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Police spokesperson Joseph Swartbooi said: "According to reports, between 100 and 150 protesters are staging a protest. The entrances to the area are closed and are being monitored by police members."

Mayoral committee member for water and waste services, Xanthea Limberg, said the water trucks were on site on Wednesday afternoon to deliver water to Dunoon.

"Prior to this, water was delivered to the area on Sunday. The water trucks service is part of the City's Covid-19 temporary emergency services provided to informal settlements newly established prior to the pandemic. More than 228 million litres of water for emergency relief have been delivered to informal settlements since the beginning of lockdown."

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