The City of Cape Town is moving ahead with a R1,4 million civil claim against Gatvol Capetonian and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).
Cape Town Executive Mayor, Dan Plato, said in a statement that ‘destroying infrastructure is not an acceptable form of protest, nor is shutting down major routes and disrupting the lives of law-abiding residents.’
According to the City’s media release, a summons was issued to Gatvol Capetonian on 29 March for over R1,3 million in damages related to a “shut down” of major routes in Cape Town in August 2019.
The City’s civil claim states that it was “reckless, wrongful and unlawful” of this organisation to incite a “shut down” while violating their Gatherings Act obligations to give notice, appoint convenors and marshalls, and refrain from violence.
Particulars of the infrastructure destroyed by Gatvol Capetonian in various communities includes:
Grassy Park – R311 760.87
Atlantis – R336 946,75
Mitchells Plain – R50 000
Kensington – R50 000
Ocean View (Kommetjie) – R361 953,31
Ocean View (Milky Way Road) – R170 000
Delft – R11 909.48
CBD – R10 000
Bo-Kaap – R1867,64
Total: R1 304 438,05
The City’s legal representatives have further issued a Letter of Demand to the EFF for damage to infrastructure in Brackenfell on 20 November 2020, in violation of agreed gathering conditions with the South African Police Services (SAPS) and Western Cape High Court.
EFF members damaged traffic lights at several intersections, set fire to a vacant field, and damaged public vehicles including a fire engine.
A total amount of R87 312,25 is being sought from the EFF to cover the costs of infrastructure repair and fire-fighting suggest equipment.
The EFF has 21 days to make payment into the City’s bank account or face a summons, which will also include a claim for legal costs to recover the funds, plus interest.
Mayor Plato said: “The City respects the rule of law and the right of citizens to assemble, provided this is done peacefully and with respect to the rights of others,’.