- The City of Cape Town has condemned the Economic Freedom Fighters for their behaviour during the Brackenfell protest action
- From a fire engine being torched to shops looted, the metro is still working out the cost of the damage inflicted
- The City of Cape Town insists that this was in violation of lockdown regulations and a High Court order
The City of Cape Town is busy determining the costs involved after the EFF allegedly damaged municipal property during the Brackenfell protest on Friday.
In a statement on the incident issued by the metro on Monday, the extent of the damage was detailed:
"Preliminary reports indicate a fire engine was torched, roads and traffic lights were damaged, and a field was set alight by EFF protesters. Car dealership windows were smashed at the corner of Paradys and Old Paarl Road, with private vehicles damaged due to stoning and several shops looted, according to reports."
The City revealed that it is currently determining the cost of damages with the intent to recover these through civil action. In addition to this, the City says that the EFF had violated a number of agreements put into place ahead of the protest:
"The City notes the violation of national lockdown regulations, forceful attempts to violate the South African Police Services’ (SAPS) conditions placed on the number of protesters, and the violation of the EFF’s own commitment of non-violence to both the police and the Western Cape High Court."
Mayor Alderman Dan Plato condemned the violation of these agreed conditions, continuing to say that:
"The EFF made it clear that they have no regard for the rule of law, and the City Manager has indicated to me that senior officials are assessing the cost of the damage to city infrastructure.
"Once a full assessment has been done, the City will be recovering these costs from the EFF. I want to assure the public that we will not tolerate lawlessness in this City and the EFF will be held accountable for the damage caused."
Plato encouraged private property owners who had suffered damage during the protest to alert the City so that it can 'assess the feasibility of private property owners joining the city's case against the EFF'.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the EFF had arrived in large numbers on Friday to demonstrate in the suburb with supporters being bussed in.
The SAPS had opted to use water cannons and stun grenades to keep the crowd under control on multiple occasions. The party had condemned the use of force, adamant that it had formed part of an attempt to disrupt the proceedings.
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