50+ arrested for Cape Town violence

2013-06-21 10:27
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Cape Town - Fifty-five people were arrested for public violence during protests in Wallacedene, Cape Town, this week, Western Cape police said on Friday.

Police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel André Traut said the group would appear in the Kuils River Magistrate's Court on Monday.

Protests broke out in the area on Monday after residents claimed RDP houses were being sold to people from other areas.

"Several businesses owned by locals and foreign nationals, mostly Somalis and Chinese, were looted as a result of the unrest in the area," Traut said.

Provincial police commissioner Arno Lamoer met community leaders and representatives of Somali-owned businesses on Thursday morning.

"A strong police presence will remain in the area to deal with any situation which may arise, and to maintain law and order," Traut said.

Police described the situation as "under control".

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