A group of protetsters from Khayelitsha have taken their demands to the civic centre in Cape Town, while another protest resulted in the closure of a section of the N2 near Khayelitsha on Thursday morning.
The protesters are demanding basics service delivery such as electricity, water and sanitation facilities fron City of Cape Town officials.
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They began occupying pieces of land during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Last week the representatives for the group demanded to meet with Cape Town city bosses to discuss their demands for basic services on the illegally occupied land.
The demonstrations last week resulted in the torching of three busses and a truck.
The group said their appeals to meet with City officials had gone unanswered.
Meanwhile the City of Cape Town’s Human Settlements mayco member Malusi Booi said that while there is an open-door policy to engage with the disgruntled group, the possibility of services being delivered to these communities could be difficult.
“There are various issues and one is the issue of budget. But the second one is clear: most of these areas that were recently invaded are waterlogged areas. They are not for human habitation,” he said.