Following talks by Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille with Imizamo Yethu community members regarding reconstruction in the Hout Bay informal settlement, tensions seem to have partially subsided.
A community leader has stated that he is satisfied with talks so far, while residents have halted violent protests.
“I can say we’re happy for now, as they’ll be fast tracking the process going forward”, said community leader Lungisa Bezile.
De Lille has promised plans to move residents from temporary living structures back to Imizamo Yethu – following the effects of a devastating fire – are in place and will be implemented shortly.
However, the mayor’s office has stated that criminal action in the area during the last three days of protesting has slowed the process down somewhat.
Engineering equipment and project sites were destroyed according to de Lille and she has vowed that should the violence continue; the city will be forced to exit the area.
Still, many people remain in temporary structures almost3 months since the fire caused mass displacement.