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Stun grenades fired outside Cape Town Citizen Center during water, protesters protest



The New Year began with a bang for the city council in Cape Town because guard grenades were fired at protesters who demanded water and toilet installations on Thursday.

Mayor Dan Plato proposed a revised budget for additional security measures at a council meeting earlier Thursday.

"We want toilets, water and electricity," said protester Ncedo Nkonyana after balancing his head and dividing himself from the shelves that were at the top of the stairs to the civic center.

Previously, at least three stunning grenades appeared in the civilian area, while people carrying posters continued toyi-toyi.

Head of ANC club Xolani Sotatshe said that during the confrontation one person was arrested and another was bruised.

Sotashe said he was listening that Plato gave the Council the most important information about the budget when he received a protest report outside.

"And no one will listen to them," he said.

Sotashe and ANC councilor Khaya Yozi, as well as party leader in Tandia Manikivana, left the meeting to find out what was happening.

"His answer (Plato) was that they should not jump," Sotashe said.

He said that residents do not know which informal settlements have been preferred and that they want answers.

Sotashe said there were allegations that people in the temporary relocation of Hout Bay (TRA), where people were after a catastrophic fire in Imizamo Yethu in 2017, are still waiting for the reblocking to finish home.

The delegation went back to the center and said she and Plato were about to discuss the latest developments.

Plato, who took over from De Lille in November 2018, said that since his inauguration, services have risen, with R115m for community cleaning and other R165m for additional security measures.

He lamented the destruction of the community park in the sea wind that stood R7.6 m to build.

Suggestions include another R26.7m towards human settlements and title renewal.

Inside the council, demonstrators were also demonstrators in the public gallery.

Plato was to turn to protesters later on Thursday.


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