Violent protest flares up in Western Cape

2012-06-26 08:26
Service delivery protest (File, Beeld)

Service delivery protest (File, Beeld)

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Cape Town - At least 44 people have been arrested following renewed protests over poor living conditions in Botrivier, in the Western Cape, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Cape Times reported that residents blocked roads into the town with burning tree trunks and tyres on Monday, and pelted passing vehicles with bricks and rocks.

They also broke into seven shops and looted goods. Shop owners tried to load their wares onto trucks and escape.

The crowd then marched to the local post office and to the Theewaterskloof municipal building, where they smashed windows and pulled out phones and electrical appliances.

According to the report, the protesters tried to set the building alight, but the fire was doused by neighbours before it could spread.

Police were not available to comment on the situation on Tuesday morning.

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