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The SA Communist Party (SACP) in the Western Cape on Tuesday condemned what it called “harassment” of township car wash owners by City of Cape Town officials who, it said, was confiscating their working material.

“While we reiterate calls to save water collectively, we condemn in the strongest terms possible the confiscation of the working material of the car wash owners and the issuing of exorbitant fines by the City of Cape Town Municipality.

“Such acts are a direct onslaught on the working class,” the SACP said.

“The township car washes are an alternative employment for our young people and feed families; their closure affects not only their owners, but their families and those of the people they employ.”

The SACP added that it demands the return of the equipment and the provision of eco-car washes for the township car wash owners as both a measure to save water and support local businesses during the drought.