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Somali shop ransacked in Khayelitsha

Municipal staff members have removed debris from on the usually busy Lansdowne Road.

A pile of rubble burns on Lansdowne Road in Khayelitsha after service delivery protests the previous evening on 14 August 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Somali-owned shop was ransacked during a protest in Khayelitsha on Monday evening.

According to locals, the foreign-owned shop was looted and community leaders were now trying to recover stolen goods.

Although there was no sign of violence on Tuesday, police were maintaining a visible presence in the area.

Armoured vehicles and vans are stationed along several major roads.

Earlier on Tuesday, municipal staff removed debris from the usually busy Lansdowne Road.

Residents have gathered outside their homes to discuss developments with neighbours.

Seemingly unconcerned by the chilly weather, they debated the recent violence seen in the township.