On Monday Operation Lockdown moved to Table View and Dunoon to ostensibly target the “generators of crime”.
The Tuesday operation is currently focused on the Table View and Dunoon taxi ranks.
Western Cape police spokesperson Captain FC van Wyk confirmed the operation and said, “They started (the operation) last night and have just resumed this morning. The forces are focusing on the generators of crime such as drugs and firearms”.
Dunoon has over the past few days been experiencing a wave of violent protest and this morning, a convoy of armored trucks were patrolling the area.
However, authorities insist moving the army in is not a response to the protest with Van Wyk noting that the “deployments are not about the protest but generators of crime in the area”.
“The protests are being policed by POPS (Public Order Policing Units) who are deployed to maintain law and order in the area.”
At 11.41am, the City’s Traffic spokesperson, Richard Coleman, said Potsdam Road had been closed in both directions between Malibongwe Road and Killarney Avenue.
Tyres had been burning in the road and there were also reports of a car having burnt out on the N7. Protesters also placed stones on the road and there were also reports of vehicles being stoned.
At 8.35am, Coleman said Potsdam Road had been opened and that all roads in Dunoon were open.
“The N7 has been reopened and traffic is moving. Police are in the area to monitor the situation but so far traffic is moving freely,” City of Cape Town Traffic spokesperson Maxine Bezuidenhout said.