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Residents of Witteklip in Vredenburg are at their wits’ end with the Saldanha Bay Municipality.

In the early morning hours of Wednesday 8 September protest action broke out in Witteklip and tyres were set alight, which made it difficult for residents to make their way to work and school.

The group proceeded to the municipality offices to hand over yet another memorandum listing their grievances, to the officials. Their main concern is housing, something that has been an ongoing issue.

According to Simphiwe Jaggers from the Witteklip community forum, their previous complaints fell on deaf ears and empty promises were made.

Nomfundo Ndaba, who is part of the Witteklip committee, says earlier this year residents erected structures and they were given an eviction notice to leave within seven days.

“But where were we supposed to go? How can you evict us and damage our structures without giving us an alternative place to stay.”

Another concern Ndaba shares is that during this Covid-19 time, living situations should not be taken lightly.

The group waited outside the municipal offices, but no one received them. They have given the municipal manager Henrich Mettler seven working days to respond on their grievances from the day the memorandum was handed over.

Ethne Lawrence, spokesperson for SBM, confirms that the municipal manager received the memorandum from the Witteklip community representatives.

The municipality met with the leaders of the group on Wednesday 15 September to discuss the matter.

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