City condemns property destruction

Protesters targeted the OR Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha. Picture: Supplied
Violent protests over housing have resulted in several incidents of vandalism and malicious damage to property in various communities. 

On Tuesday July 21, protesters targeted the OR Tambo Hall in Khayelitsha.

The City says the extent of the damage has yet to be determined, as the area remains too volatile for staff to gain access.

This is the third time in as many years that the facility has been targeted.

In another incident, on Saturday July 18, the Desmond Tutu Hall in Khayelitsha was set alight and vandalised.

The hall was meant to serve as an clinic overflow facility during the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Thursday July 9, a housing protest turned violent. Protesters allegedly set the Monwabisi resort set alight.

Mayoral committee member for community services and health, Dr Zahid Badroodien, said: “These senseless acts have robbed the affected communities of the opportunity to enjoy the facilities that have been built and installed for them. It will also slow down development opportunities as funding that could have been used for building or renovating other facilities will now have to be diverted for repairs.”

The City has urged residents to report any threat to community facilities to 021 480 7700 from a cellphone or 107 from a landline.