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Security guard killed during attack on Coastal Park Landfill Site <p>​</p><p>The Coastal Park Landfill Site (CPLS) near Muizenberg has been under sustained attack since Tuesday, 18 February 2020. The situation escalated and a security guard, who was trying to protect the facility, was killed in the line of duty on 20 February 2020. The City is shocked and saddened by the murder and condemns the unjustified attacks in the strongest possible terms.</p><p>The CPLS has been under violent attack for almost a week, and while the situation is under control for the time being, staff remain on high alert due to the possibility of further strikes. </p><p>A group of individuals from a neighbouring community first tried to forcibly gain access to the landfill site on Tuesday,18 February 2020. However, City staff were able to gain control of the situation and prevent their unlawful entry. The following day, on the 19th, the numbers had grown substantially and a group of more than 100 individuals tried to force their way onto the landfill site. They became violent when security personnel informed them that this was not legally permitted. The group overpowered security staff and gained access to the property. Fires were started at multiple points of the site and weapons were fired at security personnel.</p><p>City Law Enforcement and SAPS arrived on scene shortly after 7pm and later apprehend four suspects who were taken to the Muizenberg Police station. </p><p>Security was beefed up with additional security personnel, who were deployed to the landfill site on the 20th.  The conflict escalated and resulted in the fatality of the security guard.</p><p>The fires remain a challenge, with the most recent one started on the night of Saturday, 22 February. Landfill gases are highly flammable and can burn for extended periods of time. While the fires continue to burn, the situation is being contained and the fires managed through a combined effort by the City’s Law Enforcement, the fire department, and solid waste management. Additional security personnel have been deployed to assist in protecting the facility and staff.</p><p>The City is not legally permitted to allow public access to landfills due to the risk of fatalities and injuries on site. We are aware that members of the surrounding communities wish to salvage waste items of value as a source of income.</p><p>We are committed to establishing programmes and facilities that allow for the upliftment of communities through waste diversion job opportunities where possible. There is, however, no excuse for the violent acts and destruction of public infrastructure that have been committed over the past week. Neither is there justification for the senseless loss of life.</p><p>This action not only negatively impacts service delivery but carries devastating consequences to the environment and serious risk to the health and safety of residents, staff and businesses in the surrounding areas. </p><p>The CPLS has been the target of a number of attacks in recent years, with damage to compactors and bulldozers being in excess of R5 million as at October 2019. The cost of the damage caused to assets and infrastructure during the current attack is yet to be quantified.</p><p>The loss of human life, however, can never be quantified and the City will support the SAPS in every way possible in their task to identify the guilty parties and have them appropriately charged.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong></p>2020-02-25T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#85064f16-d09e-4a1e-a118-b03a4835b92f;L0|#085064f16-d09e-4a1e-a118-b03a4835b92f|landfill;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#6ea692aa-a5ef-408f-b41e-0c34b64dcdcb;L0|#06ea692aa-a5ef-408f-b41e-0c34b64dcdcb|coastal1

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