Cape Town - A man died on Wednesday night after the car in which he was travelling was struck by a brick, millions of rand worth of damage was caused when nine city vehicles were torched, and a house belonging to a ward councillor was destroyed during an ongoing protest by residents of the Marikana informal settlement.
Marikana informal settlement residents have been protesting since Monday, demanding that the city install water and sanitation services in their area, near Philippi.
Hundreds of people protested on Thursday, burning tyres, blocking roads with large concrete rocks and dumping rubble on the R300, N2, Sheffield and Govan Mbeki roads.
Police officers used tear gas, stun grenades and fired rubber bullets as protesters pelted stones at them. Two men were arrested.
The City is still counting the cost of the devastation as four rubbish trucks, worth R2 million each, five cars and municipal offices, at the City’s Klipfontein Solid Waste Management depot, were burnt.