Fresh protests shut Vanguard Drive

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For the second time this week, protesters from Siqalo informal settlement burnt tyres and closed a section of Vanguard Drive overnight. File photo: Cindy Waxa

Cape Town - For the second time this week, protesters from Siqalo informal settlement burnt tyres and closed a section of Vanguard Drive overnight.

Protests first started on Sunday and carried on overnight into Monday morning. Residents told the Cape Argus they were retaliating to the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) setting up a tent for voter registration in the area. The tent was petrol bombed and destroyed on Sunday.

Seven people were arrested for public violence after this incident and residents said they were angry because none of these people had been released on bail.

Trouble then flared up again last night and carried on into the early hours on Thursday.

Lacking houses and basic services, including access to water, toilets and electricity, residents in Siqalo say they are fed up with empty electioneering promises by both the DA and the ANC. Boycotting and sabotaging the IEC’s registration drive was a way to voice this frustration, said protester Roy Nobatana.

Other residents said they had to walk about 20 minutes to get to water and the whole area stank of sewerage.

Solid Waste Management workers were busy clearing Vanguard Drive, which remained closed between Morgenster and the R300 until mid-morning.

By then the protests had died down and residents went about their daily chores, or looked on as the road was being cleared.

Armoured police vehicles remained at the scene while police officers armed with shotguns patrolled the area.

Cape Argus


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