Housing protests in Hout Bay have flared up once again for the third consecutive day according to Western Cape South African Police Services (SAPS).
Protests over housing disputes and frustrations by Imizamo Yethu residents have completely blocked access routes into the Hout Bay area with authorities suggesting alternative routes be taken instead.
“SAPS have deployed a sufficient number of members from Public Order Policing, Stabilization Unit and Visible Policing to maintain law and order and to police the situation effectively”, reads the statement by Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut.
Residents have voiced their fervent discontent at staying within temporary structures more than 3 months after a fire destroyed numerous houses prompting mass displacement and loss of property in the area.
Residents have also questioned provincial government’s prioritising of Knysna given that many of them remain with very poor temporary structures.
Mayor Patricia de Lille has promised to meet with residents as soon as possible to quell any concerns and rumours surrounding the absence of service delivery in the area.