Alan Winde, Premier of the Western Cape, is very concerned about the ongoing incidents of protests over housing and land grabs that have been getting out of hand in the Cape Town metro recently.
Wind, who has type 2 diabetes, has been in self-isolation for the past two weeks, after being positive for the coronavirus.
Winde says his health is not yet 100%, but he is being closely monitored while struggling to get rid of a persistent cough.
Over the past 17 months, there have already been 209 cases of land grabs in Cape Town.
Neighborhoods in Du Noon, Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein, Mfuleni, Wesbank and Wallacedene were particularly affected by protest action, while protesters also disrupted traffic on the N2 highway and blocked other roads in Cape Town with burning car tires.
Police and law enforcement agencies have been furious since last weekend to arrest land occupiers.
“Illegal land occupations benefit and enrich only a few people, and at the end of the day it is the law-abiding citizens who suffer the most, especially in areas where land has already been earmarked for housing development. The illegal land grabs slow down the process of redress and affect the government’s ability to provide housing and other services to people who are legal beneficiaries on the housing waiting list. “
Winde says this week, illegal land occupiers were seen pulling out toy equipment in parks in Cape Town to build their illegal structures.
“These spaces are for the children to play. Residents have the right to protest in South Africa, but where protesters become violent, damage property or impede service delivery, it must be strongly condemned.
Regarding his illness, Winde says he was advised to rest as much as possible while still having the virus among members.
“My isolation period, which lasted about 14 days, is now complete and in accordance with the national guidelines, I do not have to test myself again,” he says.
Winde thanked people for their messages of support that carried him through the difficult period.
He says that although he has not yet fully recovered, he is on his feet and strengthening.