Recent unrest and disruption caused by a group of Zwelihle residents who protested against land reform and a lack of housing for especially the back yard dwellers resulted in the destruction of the public library in Zwelihle, the satellite police station in Zwelihle and, worst of all, the homes of several residents.
During the Council meeting held on 28 March 2018, Executive Mayor Dudley Coetzee extended his sympathy towards all those who suffered the brunt of the upheaval and simultaneously extended his heartfelt thanks to everyone who did their utmost to help alleviate the situation and to render assistance to those in need.
“It is unfortunate that the situation got out of hand and placed the residents of Zwelihle in such an awkward position.
I have every confidence, though, that following on talks with the community’s leadership, we can resolve the issue peacefully and amicably,” he said.
In response to the Mayor’s address, the chief whip of the ANC, Cllr Simphiwe Tebele, thanked the Mayor and Overstrand Municipality’s leadership for their decisive action at the time of the Zwelihle unrest. He also thanked all the councillors and officials for their involvement in trying to assist residents of Zwelihle, as well as the refugees who were accommodated at the Sandbaai Hall and who were affected by the unrest.
Both governing and opposition parties had nothing but praise for the dedication and compassion displayed by Overstrand’s community at large and, in particular, the assistance rendered by law enforcement, traffic, the SAPS and the Community Policing Forum.