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There is no justification for violence during protest action<p>​I am disturbed by the scenes coming out of Vrygrond, where public and private property has been damaged in the name of protest.</p><p>We cannot tolerate or accept any justification for the destruction of property during protest action. We respect everyone’s right to protest but the violence and destruction cannot be condoned.</p><p>I have met with the Vrygrond Development Forum, representing the residents, twice in the last month to discuss solutions to the issues they have raised.</p><p>In addition, local Ward Councillor Gerry Gordon has on several occasions engaged with residents on issues relating to service delivery and housing.</p><p>In one of my meetings with the forum in late April, the City of Cape Town proposed three pieces of land which could be developed for the benefit of the people of Vrygrond, an option which the leadership forum was open to explore.</p><p>Following that meeting, City officials conducted a site visit with the community leaders on 10 May 2018. </p><p>As a part of the process, the officials showed the community leaders the three proposed pieces of land which could be developed for the benefit of the people of Vrygrond.</p><p>This proposal was rejected by the community leaders.</p><p>The City is prepared and committed to engaging with all communities about their concerns but this has to be done in a peaceful environment where residents are not inconvenienced by violent protests.</p><p>Individuals who use people’s genuine concerns to stoke violence and stir up racial tensions should also be condemned.     </p><p>My office, as well as City officials, are always willing to engage with communities on issues and this has not changed. But we cannot allow entire communities to be held ransom by the actions of a few.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2018-05-20T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891d;GP0|#904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7;L0|#0904f8ac3-ad18-4896-a9a8-86feb1d4a1b7|StatementsGP0|#2df5f15c-84d3-4672-ad4b-812138d30420;L0|#02df5f15c-84d3-4672-ad4b-812138d30420|Vrygrond;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#c68339a9-4d36-46d9-b104-39c21214789e;L0|#0c68339a9-4d36-46d9-b104-39c21214789e|protest;GPP|#d63bd629-d5be-4620-9b73-8aad507667751

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