Are political parties behind Dunoon protests?

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have denied being behind the violent protests in Dunoon, Cape Town.

Service delivery protests in the area, which started last Sunday, have become violent with the destruction of property and the looting of shops.

In a statement, City of Cape Town Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille says that she was told by community leaders in Dunoon that members of the EFF were behind the escalating violence in these protests.

Speaking to #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo, JP Smith, City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, said that there is evidence that the EFF has been behind the violence in the Dunoon protests.

Also speaking on #NightTalk, Thlabanelo Diholo, EFF Cape Metro Secretary, criticised these accusations, saying that City of Cape Town officials have not been to the community to see what is happening there.

Listen to the full conversation below...

The Dunoon situation stems from a land invasion a few weeks ago. It was unsuccessful and caused a lot of damage

JP Smith, City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security

They've probably destroyed about 3 million rand of infrasture

JP Smith, City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security

This is a pattern of behaviour that has been consistent with EFF leaders who have arranged very public land invasions as part of their political strategy

JP Smith, City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security

People are using helicopter view in dealing with this matter

Thlabanelo Diholo, EFF Cape Metro Secretary

They (the City of Cape Town) never took time to go to Dunoon to find out for themselves what is actually taking place there

Thlabanelo Diholo, EFF Cape Metro Secretary

Cheap political scores are trying to be attained

Thlabanelo Diholo, EFF Cape Metro Secretary

No protestors went to loot shops of foreign nationals. Those were thugs, criminals who took advantage of the situation there

Thlabanelo Diholo, EFF Cape Metro Secretary

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