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Stunned grenades shot outside of Cape Town during city water, toilet protest



The New Year began with the explosion of Cape Town City Council, as stun grenades were fired at protesters, demanding water and toilet installation on Thursday.

At a Council meeting on Thursday, Mayor Dan Platon had proposed to adjust the budget for additional security measures.

"We want toilets, water and electricity," said protester Ncedo Nkonyana, after balancing on the head and breathing air in front of the police, which was at the top of the civic center.

In the past, at least three stunned grenades flourished in urban environments, while the posters continued to toyi.

Xolani Sotatshe, head of the ANC guideline, said that one person was arrested while the other was destroyed during confrontation.

Sotashe said he listened to Plato, giving the board the main points of the budget when he received a text message on the outside.

"And no one will listen," he said.

Sotashe and ANC advisor Khaya Yozi, as well as the party's main whip on Tandie Manikivana, left the meeting to find out what was happening.

"His (Plato's) response to them was that they shouldn't jump in line," Sotashe said.

He said that the citizens did not know what informal settlements were priorities and that they wanted to answer.

Sotashe said there were also claims that people in the Hout Bay temporary displacement area (TRA), where people were displaced after the catastrophic fire of Imizam Yeth in 2017, are still waiting for reblocking to be completed so they can return home.

The delegation went back to the center saying they were planning to discuss the latest developments with Plato.

In a speech prepared for the presentation, Plato, who took over from De Lille in November 2018, said that since the start of the work, the volume of service provision has increased, R115m for community cleaning and additional R165m for additional security measures.

He is concerned about the disappearance of the community park, which cost R7.6m.

The proposals include an additional R26.7m direction for human settlements and the restoration of property rights.

The protesters in the public gallery were also removed from the council.

Plato had to deal with protesters later on Thursday.


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