The Cape Town Metro Council intends a civil claim against the EFF to recover the damage caused to municipal property in Brackenfell during Friday’s protest.
“Preliminary reports indicate that a fire engine was burnt out, that roads and traffic lights were damaged and that the EFF protesters set a field on fire,” the council said in a statement. The cost of the damage has yet to be calculated.
In addition to municipal property, private enterprises also suffered. Car dealers on the corner of Paradise Street and Old Paarl Road’s window panes were smashed, and vehicles on the premises also ran through. Private vehicles were stoned.
“According to reports, several shops were looted,” the statement said.
Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato says the EFF has broken the court and police conditions.
“The EFF has made it clear that it has no respect for the rule of law. The city manager informed me that senior officials are estimating the cost of damaging the city’s infrastructure.
“Once a full assessment has been done, the council will recover the costs from the EFF.