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Eyewitnes News: Khayelitsha a ‘prized area’ for political parties

Khayelitsha a ‘prized area’ for political parties

by Malungelo Booi

A political analyst on Friday said the Cape township of Khayelitsha is the focus of political activity due to a unique set of circumstances.

In recent days Cape Town’s oldest township has been characterised by scenes of service delivery protests ahead of May’s local government elections.

The area has seen several political parties coming and going in a bid to secure votes.

At the same time civic organisation Abahlali baseMjondolo has come out to discourage locals from voting.

They cite lack of development in their communities.

Stellenbosch University’s Professor Pierre du Toit said he is not surprised at the heightened activity in the area.

“What is special about Khayelitsha is that you have got a huge concentration of voters there and of course, that would be a prize area for any political party to capture,” he said.

The Social Justice Coalition’s Gavin Silber said the area continues to be marginalised.

“People are frustrated. People have waited for 17 years for many services. I think there is both the sense of frustration with the slow pace of delivery, but I think people are finding avenues to vent that frustration positively,” he said.

(Edited by Lisa Bartlett)

Eyewitnes News: W.Cape shack dwellers call for MEC’s resignation

W.Cape shack dwellers call for MEC’s resignation

A group of Khayelitsha residents demanded the resignation of Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela on Wednesday.

The small group held a demonstration outside the MEC’s office on Wednesday morning.

“Madikizela you’re an idiot and a puppet”, read one of the placards.

Abahlali baseMjondolo, which led the protest, warned it was just the start of their planned rolling demonstrations at the MEC’s office this week.

The body claims Madikizela failed to give them an assurance that no structures will be demolished even if erected illegally on government land.

The demonstrators mostly came from Mandela Park in Khayelitsha.

They warned that another community would come and protest on Thursday and said that this would continue until the MEC steps down.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)