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Police monitor Macassar

Residents took part in a violent housing protest in the area on Monday.

Macassar community members protested for housing allegedly promised to the Nomzamo evictees. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Town metro police on Tuesday said they are monitoring the Macassar area following a flare up in housing protests.

Hundreds of Macassar residents took to the streets on Monday to protest against the relocation of evicted Nomzamo residents to the area.

Locals say they should get first preference.

During the violent protest on Tuesday, angry residents burnt tyres, torched a municipal building and pelted stones at City of Cape Town vehicles.

The relocation of Nomzamo residents to Macassar was the latest attempt by the City of Cape Town to provide housing for the displaced informal settlers.

Two weeks ago, Blackheath residents in the north of Cape Town also protested against a plan to move Nomzamo evictees onto open land in their area.

Nomzamo residents were evicted from land owned by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) in Strand earlier this month.

The agency obtained a high court interdict and said Nomzamo residents were squatting on the land illegally.

The City of Cape Town's Wayne le Roux says police are monitoring the situation to prevent a flare-up in demonstrations.

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