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‘Deep-rooted anger behind Macassar protests’

Pastor Salie Arendse calmed the outraged crowd that demonstrated for housing since Monday.

It’s believed the protests are linked to the relocation of Nomzamo evictees to vacant land in the area. Picture: Mia Spies/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A church leader in Macassar on Wednesday said deep-rooted anger is causing the violent protests in the area.

Pastor Salie Arendse calmed the outraged crowd that demonstrated for housing since Monday.

It's believed the protests are linked to the relocation of Nomzamo evictees to vacant land in the area.

During the protests, a council building was torched and City of Cape Town vehicles were pelted with stones.

Locals say they deserve housing more than the displaced informal settlers.

At least 16 people have been arrested for public violence since the protests started.

Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille labelled the demonstrations as incidents of thuggery.

Various streets in the area were blocked-off with rocks and burning tyres.

Residents say they were also protesting for the release of the arrested demonstrators.

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