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Hout Bay protesters throw flares and petrol bombs at police

Fortunately no injuries were recorded

Police spokesperson Siyabulela Malo said that Hout Bay is under strong police presence following an incident where protesters set tyres alight and shot flares at police on Wednesday night.

The Hout Bay protest action was triggered by a high court order that was granted to demolish houses in Hangberg.

“Action was taken by the police and the situation was restored. No incident occurred and reported on Thursday and no arrests made as yet,” Malo said a case of public violence was registered and is being investigated.

Flares and petrol bombs were also thrown in the area but fortunately no police officers on patrol were injured, said the City of Cape Town’s Metro police spokesperson, Wayne Dyason.

Some residents were demanding that a tract of land earmarked for electrical infrastructure be used for housing and there was especially unhappiness about plans for evictions and houses being demolished in Hangberg – despite previous promises from the City of Cape Town.

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On Tuesday, A truck was set alight by protesters after they failed to get reassurance from the City of Cape Town that demolitions would not proceed.

Acting Mayco member for Human Settlements Felicity Purchase said the City was mindful of the acute need for housing opportunities across the metro.

“We are making every effort to address this matter in partnership with all concerned, and to enhance access to opportunities in a planned and fair manner wherever it is possible to do so,” Purchase said.

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