The blames for the violent protests in Dunoon have been shifted to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) by Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille. The Dunoon violence has turned the area into a nightmare for residents since Sunday night.
The area bedeviled by occasional violent protests have been left to suffer the aftermath as public transport and schooling were affected because of the madness.
As expected, shops owned by foreigners were also looted in the Dunoon violence.
Cape Town’s spokesperson Pierrinne Leukes says it was revealed after the mayor met with community leaders that the EFF had a hand in the violence.
“The community leaders that Mayor De Lille met with reported that the EFF are mobilising and inciting public violence on the ground. This is also reflected in police intelligence which has been gathering the past few days.
“On 8 April a march was led to the city regarding the land invasion in Dunoon and this march was led by the EFF.”
More than 100 small businesses were destroyed during the violence last night including the Dunoon MyCiti bus station said the city of Cape Town.
An anonymous Congolese woman who refused to be identified says she lost some goods and equipment as her hair salon was set ablaze.
“They are striking that their (government) must give them a house, but why (come) to us? Because we are not the person that must give them a house, it’s government. Now they destroy everything.”
Another Congolese woman lamented, “We are sewing clothes, every machine is gone. The industrial machine. We lost everything. We have children who survive on this, (what) must we do now?”
As long as the mayhem continues, Saps officials and metro police will continue to maintain a strong presence in Dunoon to ensure that sanity returns to the area.