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Cape Town launches R1,4m civil claim against Gatvol Capetonian, EFF for damage to public infrastructure <p>​</p><p>‘Destroying infrastructure is not an acceptable form of protest, nor is shutting down major routes and disrupting the lives of law-abiding residents. In South Africa, we need to draw the line on the rule of law, that is why we are holding these groupings accountable for their actions to the tune of R1,4 million,’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato.</p><p>A summons was issued to Gatvol Capetonian on 29 March for over R1,3 million in damages related to a “shut down” of major routes in Cape Town in August 2019. </p><p>The City’s civil claim states that it was “reckless, wrongful and unlawful” of this organisation to incite a “shut down” while violating their Gatherings Act obligations to give notice, appoint convenors and marshalls, and refrain from violence.</p><p><strong>Particulars of the infrastructure destroyed by Gatvol Capetonian in various communities includes:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Grassy Park – R311 760.87</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Atlantis – R336 946,75</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Mitchells Plain – R50 000</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Kensington – R50 000</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Ocean View (Kommetjie) – R361 953,31</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Ocean View (Milky Way Road) – R170 000</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Delft – R11 909.48</div></li><li>Bo-Kaap – R1867,64</li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Total: R1 304 438,05</div></li></ul><p>‘It is disappointing when political organisations cause harm to community infrastructure and damage critical assets that are installed to uplift communities. The City is committed to providing resources to all communities but this becomes difficult when there are individuals working against social cohesion as seen through their acts of destruction, as with the EFF and Gatvol Capetonian. The communities of Grassy Park, Atlantis, Mitchells Plain and elsewhere deserve better. The City respects the rule of law and the right of citizens to assemble, provided this is done peacefully and with respect to the rights of others,’ said Mayor Plato.</p><p>The City’s legal representatives have further issued a Letter of Demand to the EFF for damage to infrastructure in Brackenfell on 20 November 2020, in violation of agreed gathering conditions with the South African Police Services (SAPS) and Western Cape High Court.</p><p>EFF members damaged traffic lights at several intersections, set fire to a vacant field, and damaged public vehicles including a fire engine.</p><p>A total amount of R87 312,25 is being sought from the EFF to cover the costs of infrastructure repair and fire-fighting suggest equipment.</p><p>The EFF has 21 days to make payment into the City’s bank account or face a summons, which will also include a claim for legal costs to recover the funds, plus interest. </p><p>A landmark precedent was previously set in 2012, when the Constitutional Court ruled that the union Satawu must pay R1,5 million to the City of Cape Town for damages incurred during a protest.</p><p><br><strong>End</strong><br></p>2021-04-11T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#c68339a9-4d36-46d9-b104-39c21214789e;L0|#0c68339a9-4d36-46d9-b104-39c21214789e|protest;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GPP|#d63bd629-d5be-4620-9b73-8aad50766775;GP0|#fc0a19bf-6a9b-42af-bc90-8a0d4b9f4eac;L0|#0fc0a19bf-6a9b-42af-bc90-8a0d4b9f4eac|vandalism10


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