Court grants interdict against MyCiTi protesters
An urgent Western Cape High Court interdict bans protesters from disrupting MyCiTi buses in Dunoon and Joe Slovo.
The interdict was granted on Wednesday in response to an application from the City of Cape Town‚ and it was due to be served on Thursday on 11 respondents‚ including the Govan Mbeki branch of the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) and illegal minibus-taxi operators.
During a week of violent protests‚ MyCiTi infrastructure was damaged and services disrupted.
“Further threats of attacks‚ and the intimidation of city personnel and contractors‚ and commuters wanting to make use of the service‚ prompted the city to apply for relief from the court‚” said Brett Herron‚ the mayoral committee member for transport.
The interdict bans the respondents from being within 300m of MyCiTi stations.
“The cost of the damage to the Dunoon station in Potsdam Road and the Phoenix station in Omuramba Road is still being determined and repairs to these stations will commence by next week‚ if all goes according to plan‚” Herron said.
“It was shocking that Sanco‚ one of the African National Congress’ alliance partners‚ acts as the ringleader fuelling the disruptions and protests that took place in Joe Slovo.
“It is a sad day indeed when the opposition needs to resort to violence‚ vandalism and dirty politics in an effort to be relevant in the run-up to the local government elections.”
– TMG Digital/The Times
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