The first City of Cape Town full council sitting for 2019 started on a rather rocky note with violent clashes between residents from various informal settlements and police.
Residents from Ses’khona, Nkandla and Khayelitsha wanted to gain access to the Civic Centre in the Cape Town CBD, were the meeting was held.
They were protesting over poor living conditions and service delivery in the informal settlements.
Stun grenades were used to disperse the crowd who attempted to gain access to the Civic Centre.
Ntombomzi Mafaya a resident said “We want (mayor) Dan Plato to come outside and address us that’s why we are here. We want to tell him about our living conditions.”
In response to the residents Mayor Dan Plato said he would visit all the area and assess the prevailing issues.
“… I don’t know the underlying issues in the community but there is extensive work being done and I will make sure I bring the relevant officials with me so that they can respond adequately to you,” he said.