They want the city council to buy the private-owned land and provide basic services such as water and electricity.
Police spokesperson FC van Wyk said one of the torched vehicles was reportedly hijacked in Nyanga in the morning.
âSAPS members took action to disperse the riotous crowd. One fireman was reportedly injured after hit with a stone in the face,â said Van Wyk.
Mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said the firefighters who were on duty at the time were going to receive counselling and the fire station was closed until further notice.
âStaff at the Lansdowne Road fire station in Khayelitsha were also put on alert for possible evacuation amid threats that the protesters were planning to target that facility too. Our fire crews will be based at the Mitchells Plain fire station and will dispatch from there.
âWhat this means is that the actions of a few have put the lives of thousands of residents at risk as there will now be a delay in the response times to any fire call outs in the Gugulethu area. It doesnât matter how legitimate the cause, we cannot tolerate the wanton destruction and threat to lives that we witnessed,â said Smith.
However, a pregnant Xolelwa Halon said: âThe only language that the city understands is violence.
âWe requested to meet a city official but no avail. We are aware that the owner is willing to sell the land but they just refuse to buy â
Responding to the residents, the city said they met land owners and those involved in the land invasions on several occasions and agreed to have report-back meetings.
Mayco member for Area South Eddie Andrews said: âThe City takes the rights of residents seriously. However, we cannot prioritise illegal land invasions over existing informal settlement upgrade and service programmes.â
Anyone with information about the incident can anonymously contact Crime Stop on 0860010111 or SMS Crime Line 32211. Information can also be shared with the cityâs Public Emergence Communication Centre on 107 from a landline or 0214807700 from a cellphone.]]>https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/gugulethu-torching-only-language-city-understands-is-violence-15988201" class="resultsource">Independent online (SA) 13 Jul 2018
WorldNews.com | 17 Jul 2018