Monday , March 1 2021

Stun grenades fired outside the Cape Town Civic Center during the water, bathrooms protest

The new year began with a bang for the Cape Town prefecture, when grenades of moral effect were fired at protesters demanding the installation of water and toilets on Thursday.

Mayor Dan Plato had proposed an adjusted budget for extra security measures at the council meeting on Thursday.

"We want toilets, water and electricity," protester Ncedo Nkonyana said after balancing his head and splitting air in front of the police, lined up at the top of the civic center steps.

Earlier, at least three grenades of moral effect exploded in the civic precinct, while people carrying posters continued to toyi-toyi.

ANC committee leader Xolani Sotatshe said one person was arrested and another was injured during the confrontation.

Sotashe said he was listening to Plato give the council the highlights of the budget when he received an SMS on the protest outside.

"And no one will hear them," he said.

Sotashe and ANC adviser Khaya Yozi, as well as party chief Tandie Manikivana, left the meeting to find out what was happening.

"His (Plato's) response to them was that they should not skip the line," Sotashe said.

He said residents did not know which informal settlements had been prioritized and wanted answers.

Sotashe said there were also allegations that people in the Hout Bay Temporary Relocation Area (TRA), to where people were transferred after a catastrophic fire in Imizamo Yethu in 2017, are still waiting for the blockade to end so they can return to House.

The delegation left to return to the center, saying that they would discuss the latest development with Plato.

In a speech prepared for delivery, Plato, who replaced De Lille in November 2018, said that since taking office there has been an increase in service delivery, with R115m to clean communities and more R165m for extra security measures.

He lamented the destruction of a community park in Sea Winds that cost $ 7 million to build.

Proposals include an additional R26.7m for human settlements and restoration of title deeds.

Inside the council, protesters in the public gallery were also removed.

Plato was due to address protesters on Thursday.

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