Hout Bay residents back down

2010-09-22 12:33

Hangberg residents in Hout Bay stopped attacking police after three more of their members were arrested for public violence this morning, Western Cape police said.

“That [violence] is finished now and three people were arrested,” said Warrant Officer Tanya Lesch.

Police arrested 58 people yesterday when they allegedly attacked them for dismantling their illegal shacks.

The residents were expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrates Court today on charges of public violence.

Meanwhile, 702 Talk Radio reported that relatives and friends of the residents had gathered outside the court in support.

After being told they did not have permission to protest outside the court the residents moved away, but returned when school children arrived to protest
about community issues.

The radio station reported that police struggled to disperse the protesters and blocked off the road in front of the court while trying to reason with the pupils.

The residents accused the police officers who were on the scene yesterday of brutality. They also demanded that Mayor Dan Plato and Western Cape premier Helen Zille step down.

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