Rioters from the New Monwabisi Park informal settlement in Cape Town started fires on Thursday at the popular Monwabisi Resort.
The resort was a popular annual destination for residents of in the area who have expanded at the pools, braai facilities and other recreational facilities.
Residents blocked roads, set fire to tires and rubbish, and set fire to the resort’s office and chalet building.
Christopher Zondani, a community leader, is the one who is wreaking havoc, angry that the City of Cape Town will set up chemical toilets at the informal settlement. “We have a problem with temporary toilets. It has not been clean for the past two weeks. Now the city wants to add new chemical toilets. We don’t want chemical toilets, we want flush toilets. ”
Zondani said they did not want a new contractor to come in. “They either have to install the new toilets or bring our old ones back.
Mzukisi Mzimkhulu, from the resort, said he was “shocked” when he saw the facility being engulfed in flames. “The security officers called me this morning and said protesters were at the gate and they set fire to the fire. I rushed in and saw this scene. They burnt down a storeroom, office and security office. Protesters also stole property from the buildings.”
Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health Dr Zahid Badroodien said that the rioters are suspected to be people who invaded the land opposite /near Monwabisi Resort.
The rioters are suspected to be people who invaded the land opposite /near Monwabisi Resort. The informal settlement is along Baden Powell Drive. When Illegal structures on the settlement near the Resort are removed individuals attempt to burn the resort – today they succeeded. pic.twitter.com/i0Qh4R9FJF— Dr Zahid Badroodien (@ZahidBadroodien) July 9, 2020
Earlier a municipal building was set on fire during protests in Monwabisi: