Cape Town - “We’re not racist – but it’s not fair.”
This was the cry by a Macassar teacher on Monday, echoing a protest which turned violent. Police fired rubber bullets, hitting several people, including a grandmother who was struck in the face.
The anger was fuelled by an announcement by mayor Patricia de Lille, earlier this month, that shack dwellers evicted from SA Roads Agency land in Lwandle on June 2 and 3 would be added to the city’s housing plans, within nine months – probably at Macassar.
On Monday, a small group of Macassar residents tried to meet John Heuvel, the DA councillor for the Ward 109, which includes Macassar and stretches north towards Croydon and Faure, to discuss the proposed settlement.
But Heuvel was in caucus meetings at the Civic Centre and people’s anger mounted.