02 June 2015
The African National Congress
in the Western Cape
has condemned the violence and loss of lives as protest action in the Marikana
Informal Settlement in Philippi continues.
The ANC has blamed the City of
Cape Town for
breeding this violence in the manner in which it is so unresponsive and
indecisive, to the plight of the poor in the city.
The residents are demanding
proper service delivery especially decent toilets.
ANC’s Yonela Diko said if you
do not listen to people the first time they come and complain, they come again
Diko said naturally people are
going to want to escalate things, because they want to raise as point were they
can get your attention and as you can see, they have got the attention of
Diko added that our people are
not dumb, our people they have brains. They know they must follow certain
processes before they can embark on any violence.
Cape MEC of Community Safety Dan Plato has called for calm and the community of
Philippi to abide by the law.
This as this past weekend
three people died during protest action in the area.
In a statement MEC Plato said
though people across the country have various and very real service delivery
complaints and grievances; destruction, murder and defiance of the rule of law
is not the way any problems are solved.
Ministerial Spokesperson Ewald
Botha said Minster Plato calls for calm and for citizens to abide by the law,
while extending his condolences to the family and loved ones of those who have
lost their lives.
Botha said Minister Plato also
thanks the SAPS and Metro Police for their continuous efforts.
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