Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Violence in Marikana Informal Settlement in Philippi condemned

Jaimie-faith Poonah
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 to complain.

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 everyone.

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.

Meanwhile Western 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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