Four security guards are in hospital after being shot at a construction site in Gugulethu.

Construction on the Luyolo site was again interrupted on Wednesday, after the guards were attacked.

Work on this site – similar to other construction sites around the city – has been marred with stoppages, due to various extortion demands and shooting incidents.

The Western Cape Infrastructure Department says construction there started in September 2020, and the site has been the scene of ongoing interruptions since March this year.

Infrastructure MEC, Tertuis Simmers, has condemned Wednesday’s attack.

“The continued lawlessness and thuggery by these so-called construction mafias is causing unnecessary delays in the finalisation of this noteworthy project. I wish to extend my well wishes and speedy recovery to the brave officers who protected the project site.  In addition, the colleagues who witnessed this horrific incident are currently receiving trauma counselling.”

The Luyolo construction project, which is part of the broader Airport Precinct project, aims to provide housing opportunities for people from Gugulethu – specifically the elderly, people living disabilities and backyard dwellers.

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