He told residents at a mass gathering that their grievances had been heard. Madikizela was addressing hundreds of residents from Zwelihle in Hermanus, where protesters and police have clashed after a group tried to occupy land illegally. The protest has resulted in a library, a satellite police station and other properties being damaged, and has forced schools to close and has seen foreign residents flee their homes.
“We have heard your grievances - please work with us now so that we can address these issues,” he said.
Madikizela paid close attention to residents in a meeting with community leaders, law enforcement and community members.
The community leaders said their anger had been brewing for years, and did not just start on Thursday when land grabs were attempted. The community also raised issues of backyard dwelling, saying that people who rented back rooms would not benefit when new houses were built because the lists were too long, and that corruption in the municipality kept them far down on the list.