“We demand better free housing!”
Residence of Ocean View in Cape Town, protested yesterday with burning tyres and stone throwing in the streets surrounding the Mountain View government housing building site.
The SAPS and Metro Police was standing by to calm the situation with none lethal force.
Construction workers from the government housing development were trapped inside and barricaded themselves inside in fear of their own safety.
The Ocean View protesters continued blocking roads and burning rubble till late last night. In most service delivery and political protests, there are serious issues that needs to be addressed from authorities and members of the community and each situation has two side that needs to be acknowledged.
Unfortunately too much time is wasted by “hard liners” that think they can resolve issues with violence and disturbing public order. In this specific protest, I witnessed people that can not be better described as gangster and drug addicts, hijack a protest that might have had valid grounds and deserved public attention. But the Ocean View demonstration remains without status.
©Photos by Armand Hough