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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

This morning, 3 July 2017, I attempted to gain access into Imizamo Yethu to listen and to engage with the community leadership but I was prevented from doing so.

In the past whenever a community requests a meeting I meet with the leadership, however this morning this was not allowed.

The disruption in the community is now reaching dangerous levels but I remain completely willing to personally go and mediate with the community to get to the bottom of their issues and to ensure that the City of Cape Town keeps to its end of the bargain regarding development in Imizamo Yethu.

We are still trying to use all avenues to meet with community leadership to help the people of Imizamo Yethu and to make sure that the community gets the services they need as fast as possible.I am prioritising this matter and I am personally leading this and unblocking any issues.

The community leaders have a direct line to me and I have in fact had media conferences with the leadership in the past where we reported on the progress of the re-blocking project.

We have regular meetings with the community, they have open access to the City and have ample opportunities to raise their issues with the City.

Meetings regarding development in Imizamo Yethu are held on a weekly basis with a dedicated project team.

I receive daily reports on the re-blocking project and I forward this to community leaders to ensure that they keep an eye on the development’s progress.

There are now some residents who are resorting to criminal behaviour and we cannot condone this. The City is doing all it can to communicate to the community leadership so that progress can continue in the area. But we cannot be held to ransom by the anarchy caused by some residents.

I appeal to the South African Police Service to arrest the criminal elements.

I am also appealing to residents to allow us to meet with their leadership so that we can clearly understand their issues and work with them to help the people of Imizamo Yethu.

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