A protest in the Siqalo informal settlement in Mitchells Plain turned violent on Friday morning leading to road closures, said the City of Cape Town’s law enforcement spokesperson Wayne Dyason.
“Significant damage to electrical infrastructure was done. One transformer, two distribution kiosks and one pole feeder cable were set alight and destroyed.”
Earlier City of Cape Town traffic spokesperson Maxine Bezuidenhout said that roads affected in Mitchells Plain were:
• Jakes Gerwel Drive closed both ways between Morgenster Rd and the R300
• Highlands Dr closed from Fulham Rd till Jakes Gerwel Drive
• Weltevreden Rd closed between Varkensvlei Road & Jakes Gerwel Drive
DA MPL Ricardo MacKenzie posted a tweet blaming “community leaders for starting a protest and preventing tens of thousands of people from #mitchellsplain getting to work.