Police fire teargas at Grabouw protesters

Residents have been protesting against a lack of housing and adequate services.

Thousands of people gather outside the Theewaterskloof Municipal offices in Grabouw during protests in the area on 15 September, 2014. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police have fired tear gas to disperse a group of disgruntled Grabouw residents.

Residents have been protesting against a lack of housing and adequate services in the Overberg town since early this morning.

The protest has since turned violent after what residents claim is the failure of Theewaterskloof Mayor Chris Punt to address them this afternoon.

The violence erupted after Punt returned to the municipal offices without addressing the crowd on how authorities plan to address their demands.

Angry protesters started stoning cars and some threatened to loot shops in the area.

As a result, a number of businesses were forced to close their doors.

More than a thousand people marched on the offices of the Theewaterskloof municipality earlier today, to hand over a memorandum of demands.

It is the second memorandum that has been handed over to the municipality in two months.

Residents say they're tired of fighting for what's supposed to be basic human rights.

The demonstrators say they want the mayor to give them details of the municipality's housing plans.

Calm has been restored for now, as police keep a watchful eye and community leaders plead for protesters to refrain from violence.