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Several arrests made in Enkanini

Protesters clashed with police in the informal settlement for a second day.

Police arrested several people after protesters opposed a move to remove squatters of city-owned land in Enkanini on 19 August 2014. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Police have arrested several people in Enkanini in Khayelitsha following violent confrontations between land invaders and police.

People have been trying to occupy the land since Sunday.

Violence erupted yesterday when law enforcement officials clashed with residents who had built dozens of structures on a piece of vacant municipal land.

Some evicted residents are adamant they will reinvade the vacant piece of land opposite the informal settlement.

They say their patience has worn thin while waiting for housing.

A water cannon was not enough to disperse the hundreds of protesters and officers resorted to stun grenades and rubber bullets in an attempt to control the crowd.

Residents also pelted police with rocks.

Outnumbered and unarmed, one resident fought five police officers who were trying to arrest him.

Officers then punched him in the stomach and pulled his hair, before he sought refuge underneath a police van. Protesters also set up a roadblock with burning tyres.

The city's JP Smith has lauded the work done by the Anti-land Invasion Unit.

The city has also welcomed an undertaking by the South African Police Service to establish a priority committee to deal with illegal land invasions across Cape Town.

At the same time, protests erupted in Philippi last week after police and city officials began evicting informal settlers in the area.

Numerous shacks and wooden structures were dismantled, sparking protests in the area.

The evictions follow the controversial evictions at the Nomzamo informal settlement in Strand.

Hundreds of Nomzamo residents were evicted from their shacks by officials in June.

The South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral), the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape government have all deflected the blame for the violent evictions.

Sanral maintains it had obtained a High Court order for the removals as the residents were occupying privately-owned land earmarked for a project involving the N2 highway.

This prompted Human Settlements Minster Lindiwe Sisulu to set up the Nomzamo Commission of Inquiry to probe the process of the forced removals.

Pictures by Thomas Holder/EWN