Service delivery protests hit Cape Town

Service delivery protests hit Cape Town

CAPE TOWN – AROUND 40 people protested over service delivery in Gugulethu, Cape Town, on Monday morning, Western Cape police said.

Resident burn’t tyres on a stretch of the NY108 road around 6am, said Constable Noloyiso Rwexana.

However SAPA reports that by Monday afternoon, the crowd had dispersed and the road was clear. She said no injuries or damage to property was reported.

Meanwhile SA’s deputy minister on the President’s Office Buti Manamela says the looting that flared up in Soweto south of Johannesburg cannot be justified.

He said young people reportedly claimed they looted foreign-owned shops to protect Soweto’s economy.

“We should stand up and ‘say not in our name’. You are not doing this in our name and we are not going to allow it.

“There is a strong sense of entitlement and shifting the blame instead of taking responsibility,” he said.

“Crime is crime — you cannot justify it.”

He condemned the looting, saying those leading it would turn against their neighbour once there were no foreigner-owned shops to loot.

“They will look next door and say ‘you are Venda therefore you must go to Venda’, or, ‘you are a Xhosa you must go to Pondoland’.”

He said young people in church have a role to speak against the bad things youths were associated with.

“We are in church to strengthen those who have good things (in terms of character).”

He was speaking at the Rhema church in Protea South, Soweto.

He called on parents to take a leading role in raising their children.

“We cannot have a situation where parents are defeated by their children.”

He said parents must make sure that children who supposed to attend school were at school.

He arrived at the church dressed in a black suit and listened attentively as Pastor Ray McCauley’s sermon was beamed from Rhema in Randburg on to a giant screen.

Looting swept over parts of Soweto after a teenager was shot dead last Monday, allegedly by a foreign shopkeeper in Snake Park near Dobsonville.

Residents sprang into a revenge attack looting shops belonging to foreigners. This spread to other parts of Soweto and by Thursday it had spilled over to Kagiso in the West Rand and Sebokeng in the Vaal.

Three people were killed and over 160 arrested.

This included a baby trampled to death when it was bumped away from its mother when people were running away.

A shop owner accused of killing the teenager is due back in court on Monday, with dual appearances expected of others arrested on charges of public violence.

Soweto was calm on Sunday, with several foreign-owned shops closed and abandoned.

Ransacked shops were empty. Forced opened steel doors and broken windows could be seen.

“We now have to use taxis to buy a loaf of bread,” said Mdalose Mnyakina, 70, a resident of Snake Park.

“We were able to buy from foreigners without paying for transport because they were near.”

He said elders like him would find it difficult to walk for 2km to the nearest shop just to buy bread.

“I do not say foreigners did not have mistakes, but why were they all attacked when it was only one foreigners involved in the crime?” he asked.

Meanwhile Gauteng premier David Makhura held a meeting with representatives of foreign shop owners in Mayfair on Saturday.

Makhura told the meeting that Gauteng welcomes all law abiding nationals and stated that the looting was as a result of criminality and not xenophobia.

“We need you to be organised. Formalise your businesses so that you can contribute to paying tax and co-operate with local businesses in order to share skills.

“We commit that the police will continue to protect you, and you should not seek revenge and break the law,” he said in a statement. -Sapa