Imizamo Yethu leaders meet Mayor de Lille, calls for calm in IY

Community leader Lungisa Bezile says Cape Town mayor, Patricia de Lille, has finally met with the community leaders of Imizamo Yethu.

Violent protests broke out in Hout Bay over the weekend as residents expressed their anger and frustration at the slow pace of super-blocking and rebuilding homes after the devastating March fires that decimated thousands of homes.

We have just resolved that the mayor must go and address people with regards to their concerns, in particular, the super-blocking that we have talked about earlier.

Lungisa Bezile, Imizamo Yethu community leader

We are going to try and calm the situation.

Lungisa Bezile, Imizamo Yethu community leader

Bezile says from what they witnessed through the course of the day things are starting to get out of hand.

We are now going to the public to explain the mayor is committed to the development of the area and that will be kick-started from this week according to what she has said.

Lungisa Bezile, Imizamo Yethu community leader

The next meeting will be at 7pm to finalise how best to expedite the process of this development.

He says issues about lack of service delivery needs to be addressed urgently.

The community's proposed plan to help and the overall plight of the poor people of Imizamo Yethu is to obtain and develop additional land so as to lower the congestion in the settlement.

At present, he says there is no clear understanding of where the additional people will go and he hopes the following meeting will clarify the land issue.

Read more: Still no sign of Mayor de Lille to address Hout Bay residents - community leader

The mayor will be raising 3 key issues with the people of Imizamo Yethu, says Bezile.

  1. That Pthe preference in terms of the court order given to 17 families, and which triggered the protests over the weekend, should no longer go ahead.

  2. That the super-blocking process will happen.

  3. That the issue of additional land be made available

The mayor has said she was being prevented from meeting with the community.

Bezile acknowledges that some groups with the community have lost faith in the City and may be preventing the meeting.

He says they explained to the community why the leaders needed to meet with the mayor first.

For now, we are satisfied with the (mayor's) explanation, some of which we witnessed with the super-blocking.

Lungisa Bezile, Imizamo Yethu community leader

He hopes the Monday 7pm meeting will address the community grievances and transmit one single message that needs to go out to the public.

He acknowledges that people have been shot and arrested.

The broader public of Imizamo Yethu are protesting for basic services...but there are elements within that who are taking advantage of the situation where they saw an opportunity to do their criminal activities which as the mayor highlighted in this meeting, when it comes to one who breaks the law, the law has to take its course.

Lungisa Bezile, Imizamo Yethu community leader

He says after the meeting he believes things will normalise in Hout Bay.

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