Metro cops stoned in Hout Bay violence

2010-09-21 12:02

Fifteen metro police officers were injured when Hout Bay residents threw stones at them as the City of Cape Town dismantled illegal structures in the area this morning.

The city’s land invasion unit was in Hangberg at 6.30am to remove structures built in the firebreak near Hangklip, which was a significant fire danger to local residents, said City of Cape Town spokesperson Kylie Hatton.

“Community members who were unhappy with the dismantling of the shacks – built between Hangberg and Sentinel Mountain – started throwing stones at the city’s officials and law enforcement officers. Fifteen metro police officers were injured.”

Twenty-three unoccupied structures were demolished. The city would need a court interdict to remove occupied structures in the area. It planned to apply for the court order to remove all illegal structures in the area.

“The structures are built on the slopes of the Sentinel, a world heritage site.

“People just started building illegally here and the area is not safe for them as it is a firebreak.”

All access roads to Hout Bay were closed in the morning following the unrest.

Police managed to calm the situation down.

At noon, police were still in the area.

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