Hout Bay protesters clash with police
21 September 2010
Violence in Hout Bay erupted early this morning because of City of Cape Town's land invasion unit who were about to demolish shacks built in the Hangberg area.
The situation at the informal settlement in Hout Bay is being described as tense at the moment. At least six Cape Town Metro police members have been wounded.
Hundreds of police members and city officials descended on the settlement to remove what police say are 17 illegal, unoccupied shacks on the Sentinel above the harbour.
Residents have blocked the roads with burning tyres and set structures alight, two schools in the area had to be closed.
Police officials have responded to the violence with rubber bullets. Kylie Hatton of the City of Cape Town said “At the moment the South African Police Services are at the scene, removing the structures and providing assistance when necessary”.
Warrant Officer Tanya Lesch from the Hout Bay Police station stated that more than 300 law enforcement agents were deployed for this operation.
She confirmed that arrests were made and people were brought in for questioning. Several protesters and police officers were injured but there were no details on the severity of the injuries.