A Democratic Alliance (DA) leader in the Western Cape, Bonginkosi Madikizela has reportedly said that recent protests in Cape Town are “merely politicking and thuggery masked as service delivery protests”.
Madikizela said this as the protests intensified on Thursday and continued in many townships in the Western Cape.
At least four officers and several residents have been injured during clashes this week.
According to News24, Madikizela believed the protests were “destabilising tactics and we cannot rule out the possibility that they are politically motivated”.
Protesters are demanding adequate sanitation and water.
They say they can no longer liver under these inhumane conditions, eNCA reported.
Meanwhile, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) reportedly said on Thursday that the City of Cape Town, “needs to please try and understand [why the residents are protesting] and stop being aloof”, IOL said in a report.
The EFF said this after it met with community members in the Kraaifontein area.
But according to eNCA, the City of Cape Town said it could not fulfill promises to provide housing to everyone in need as it doesn’t have enough funding.