Two people have been confirmed dead and one injured during protest action which took place in Caledon on Thursday morning.
Police from Caledon said the details on the matter are still unknown and investigations are underway.
MEC Alan Winde, Western Cape Community Safety said: “I am angered by reports of two deaths and one injury as a result of protest action which took place in Caledon this morning. My thoughts are with the families of the victims in this devastating time.
Winde said he believed the protest was about land and housing.
He said Theewaterskloof municipality had granted permission for a protest to take place on April 9 but that Thursday’s protest was illegal.
“It is alleged that there are political parties who are at the forefront of these protests. These parties are willing to put lives on the line to advance their agendas.”
“Our politics has become so dirty and degraded so as to cost lives. Humans are being used as cannon fodder to get seats in parliament, and this must stop. Through the police, and through society, we need to send a clear signal that this will not be tolerated,” he said.