Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille has accused the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of inciting violence in Dunoon.
The community has been plagued by sporadic and violent demonstrations, including the looting of foreign-owned shops and damaging of MyCiti bus infrastructure.
The violence has affected both public transport services and the schooling of young children from the area.
Residents have complained about overcrowding, poor service delivery and the lack of housing provisions.
However, de Lille has condemned the violence, and says that there can be no justification for the criminal activity.
We made a call on the EFF not to start their campaign of elections with violence and disruption. Nobody can gain votes at the expense of the poor and the destruction of private and public property. We cannot allow this political anarchy.— Patricia De Lille, Executive Mayor of Cape Town
Dunoon ward councillor Lubabalo Makeleni says community members are suffering because of the violence that he says has been led by the EFF.
According to Makeleni, EFF members come from outside the informal settlement area to instigate and hold mysterious meetings .
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