SOUTH AFRICA: ACCOMMODATION/SABC/16/5/18 SABANews 1
CAPE TOWN – Violent protests for accommodation have blocked some roads around SCOTTSDENE Housing Offices in KRAAIFONTEIN outside CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA.
SABC News says the ferocious demonstrations broke out earlier this week due to the illegal occupation of newly completed houses in the area.
It quotes CAPE TOWN Traffic Spokesperson RICHARD COLEMAN as saying the protestors have been pelting motorists with stones and burning rubble in the roadway.
He says roads are closed due to stone throwing and burning rubble, so they ask motorists just to be cautious in the area; and where officers are on duty, they will divert traffic where necessary.
The latest development comes after a group of KRAAIFONTEIN residents protested outside the WESTERN CAPE High Court last month, calling for more low-income houses in their area.
Media reports say the protestors approached the Court for an interdict against private property developers who have built housing units in SCOTTSDENE.
They say the group of about 100 residents marched from the CAPE TOWN Train Station to the High Court, saying they are tired of being ignored when it comes to housing chances in KRAAIFONTEIN.
Residents says private property developers CALGRO M-THREE Consortium hired a security firm to evict them from a SCOTTSDENE development they had been occupying illegally.
However, they sought an interdict against the developers; claiming the security guards used unnecessary force and injured many people, including children.
EYEWITNESS NEWS says the developers also approached the Court for an interdict to get the residents off their property.
It says KRAAIFONTEIN Ward Councillor GRANT TWIGG received a memorandum of grievances from the group.
The SOUTH AFRICAN developers want the property to build housing units for middle-income earners, in SCOTTSDENE, with residents demanding the land be used for low-income housing./Sabanews/cam