The Hague Recreational Hall has been destroyed by protesters demanding services.
On Wednesday afternoon, the angry mob stormed into the hall and looted and trashed the centre that is used for children’s activities and community events.
Facility manager Kelly-Leigh Ramawoothar says the doors have been broken and chairs and tables have been stolen.
“The Red Ants were at the informal settlement opposite the hall to remove the people there,” she explains. “And some illegal structures were broken down.
“The disgruntled shack dwellers came to the facility to see what they could break.”
The vandals left shattered glass strewn on the floor.
“They broke down the doors and entrance windows, stripped the fridges, and burnt other doors,” Kelly-Leigh explains.
“They stole chairs for adults and children and tables, fire extinguishers, they vandalised this place really badly,” she says.
She says when the mob was asked why they were trashing the facility, they said they want service delivery from the City of Cape Town.
“They said they want water, electricity and toilets instead of the relocation after the City removed their shacks.
“After their shacks were taken down, they came straight here.”
Kelly-Leigh says the vandals have wrecked the only safe space for children in the community.
“The recreation centre is a safe space for the children to come to and be off the streets.
“The kids come here to play pool and also there are educational activities.
“We run a lot of leadership workshops and ECD programmes.”
She adds that the centre will be closed and events have been cancelled after the incident.
“All the events like weddings and graduations that are supposed to take place next month are cancelled due to the state of the centre after the vandals broke in.
“The staff will be placed in different facilities in the Delft area.”
Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health Councillor Zahid Badroodien says the hall has been damaged extensively and the costs to repair are yet to be determined.
“Unfortunately the hall will not be available for use until all assessments have been done and repairs completed,” he said.
“This could take some time and we are not able to provide a timeline as yet.”