Khayelitsha calm after protests

2010-10-20 08:38

Khayelitsha was quiet this morning after protests by shack dwellers led to violence and property damage, Western Cape police said.

Captain Anneke van der Vyver said the protests started yesterday evening and ended in the early hours of this morning.

All roads leading into the township were open and people could safely visit the area.

The reason for the protests was not clear. Two trucks and a car were set alight and cars driving into the area were stoned. A police car was also damaged.

SABC news reported earlier that the protests were called by shack dwellers’ movement, Abahlali baseMjondolo, whose Western Cape spokesperson Mzonke Poni claimed “criminals” had taken advantage of their peaceful demonstrations. It was believed they were protesting against poor service delivery.

Van der Vyver said: “At this stage we cannot confirm if they were involved or not. Our main concern is to keep an eye on the situation. Protests around service delivery will be investigated once we have done other primary investigations.”

A police report was expected to be issued later in the day. A case of public violence and two cases of malicious damage to property were opened. No arrests had been made.

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