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Botrivier protesters arrested

Western Cape police on Monday said 33 people were arrested during a protest in Botrivier.

Angry residents of Botrivier outside Hermanus in the Cape protesting the delivery of only four RDP houses. 28 May 2012. Picture: Malungelo Booi/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police on Monday said 33 people were arrested during a protest in Botrivier.

Community members demonstrated earlier when some also looted foreign owned shops.

The demonstration follows service delivery related talks between community leaders and representatives of the Theewaterskloof Municipality.

Community members complained that their areas remained without any service.

The police's Andre Traut said, "Police reacted immediately and 30 males and three females were arrested. They are due to appear in court on charges of public violence and damage to property.

In May, Botrivier residents went on a protest demanding RDP houses. The protestors burnt tyres inside the local municipal office.

They accused the municipality of sidelining black and coloured communities while white residents were given preference.