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Police vehicle torched in Mfuleni

The assault came following the demolition of illegally erected shacks by City of Cape Town law enforcement officials on Sunday.
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Police vehicle torched in Mfuleni

Two police officers sustained head injuries after the vehicle they were travelling in came under attack from community members who burned their vehicle in Mfuleni.

The assault came following the demolition of illegally erected shacks by City of Cape Town law enforcement officials on Sunday.

Police spokesperson Noloyiso Rwexana said the Durbanville police vehicle was passing through School Street in Extension 3, Mfuleni when an angry crowd pelted the officers with stones and later set their vehicle alight.

Rwexana said after the public order police arrived at the scene no groups were found in the area.

Cases of public violence, attempted murder and malicious damage to property are being investigated.

No arrests have been made yet.

The Cape Argus reported that the protest was organized by a movement called Intlungu yaseMatyotyombeni (Pain of the Slums).

The movement is reportedly made up of informal settlement dwellers who believe they were neglected during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Movement chairperson Xoliswa Tsholoba said the threats and eviction orders from local authorities needed to stop.

“We are not from any other country … we are South African citizens,” Tsholoba said.

 

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