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Cleaning Tender Offered By Municipality Causes Chaos

Tyres and crates were set alight across town, rubbish was scattered along the streets and a number of stores were targeted.



A few hundred people who were apparently disgruntled over the awarding of a cleaning tender by the the Overstrand municipality ran riot in the streets of Kleinmond on Monday.

The Kleinmond municipal offices closed doors as did all shops in the central business district.

The road leading through the town, situated about an hour-and-a-half from Cape Town, was blocked from around 7.30am.

By afternoon the Overstrand municipality said roads had been reopened.Law enforcement, fire and rescue services were on hand to clear the debris off the R44.

Police officers monitored the situation but no arrests were made.

Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said they were investigating public violence and malicious damage to property cases.

Democratic Alliance constituency head for Overstrand Masizole Mnqasela said the violence was apparently fuelled by a person who lost a tender for the Area Cleansing Project.

The project will cost R3 million over three years.

Mnqasela said the awarding of the tender went through a fair, vigorous and transparent process and was “a matter between the municipality and the business which was eventually chosen.

“Furthermore there were extensive community meetings held to inform the residents of the project and it received buy-in from most residents,” he said.

The DA condemned the violence.

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