TENSE STANDOFF BETWEEN POLICE, PROTESTERS IN GRABOUW

Schools and small businesses in the area have closed for the day following a night of violent demonstrations.

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CAPE TOWN – There’s a tense stand-off between public order police and protesters in Grabouw who earlier set the local traffic department on fire.

Residents have been demonstrating since late last night over a housing dispute.

Grabouw residents torched the local traffic department during a protest on 10 May 2016. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.
Earlier this year, residents erected nearly 1,000 informal dwellings on a piece of land owned by the Department of Public Works.

Rubber bullets and tear gas have been fired in the area.

Schools and small businesses have been closed for the day following a night of violent demonstrations in the community.

Traffic officers are still blocking off access to Sir Lowry’s Pass and re-directing motorists as afternoon peak traffic picks up.

Grabouw residents protest on 10 May 2016 after shacks were demolished in the area. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

SITUATION REMAINS TENSE

The situation in Grabouw remains tense and law enforcement officials are on stand-by to move in if necessary.

The shattering sound of structures being torn down were earlier heard across the valley.

It’s unclear who is responsible for small veld fires next to the newly erected informal settlement.

At the same time, a large crowd obstructing the entry into Pineview remains peaceful.

Police are keeping an eye on children running around throwing rubbish at passing vehicles and trying to block off the road.

Some police officers have already said ‘it’s going to be a long night.’

Grabouw residents protest on 10 May 2016 after shacks were demolished in the area. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

Pictures by Thomas Holder.