Vrygrond tensions spike

Protesters are hurling rocks and other objects at officers who respond by firing rubber bullets and tear gas.

Vrygrond taxi drivers face off with police on 16 September, 2014, with many of them upset that their taxis have been impounded. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.. Picture: Siyabonga Sesant/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The situation remains volatile in Vrygrond, Cape Town where violent protests have been raging for hours.

It's believed the violence is linked to the impounding of taxis.

The number of protesters has increased dramatically since this morning.

Some brazen demonstrators appear determined not to let police enter the area.

They are hurling rocks and other objects at officers who respond by firing rubber bullets and tear gas.

The violence appears to stem from anger over taxis being impounded.

The protest started out peacefully but things quickly spiralled out of control when police moved in to extinguish fires.