Service delivery protest hits Athlone, informal dwellers demand housing

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People living in shacks have been hard hit by the overnight heavy rains and strong winds that lashed Cape Town.

In the Vygieskraal informal settlement, Athlone shacks were flooded.

A group of residents including children took to the streets to highlight their poor living conditions. They set alight debris on the busy Johnston Road.

Resident, Dylan Breda says they couldn’t sleep in the shack because of the flooding. They had to go sleep in a small house.

He says food floated from the cupboards, beds were wet and school books were drenched. He questioned how children must go to school.

The protesters have accused ward councillor, Aslam Cassiem, of being unresponsive. They say he does nothing.

They have demanded that Cassiem come to the informal settlement and see how people have had to remove water from their houses.

All they want is for him to assist them.

Meanwhile, Cassiem has told Radio 786 that the relief that the community is demanding, is under the purview of the South African Social Security Agency (SASSA). He has also appealed to the Athlone community to donate much needed food and clothes to the Vygieskraal residents.

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