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Cops fire rubber bullets at protesting Grabouw residents

Rocks have again been placed on several roads in the area, once again disrupting traffic.

Protesters in Grabouw in the Western Cape block the road during a demonstration over the lack of housing, poor and expensive electricity supply and bad road conditions on Tuesday, 16 September 2014. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Police have fired rubber bullets at a group of Grabouw residents during a third day of clashes between locals and the South African Police Service.

Rocks have been placed along several roads in the area.

It's been a tense few days in the town with violent clashes sparked by a protest over a lack of housing and service delivery.

Police fired rubber bullets to disperse a crowd near the N2 highway who were throwing stones at them.

Western Cape traffic services say sporadic violent protests in the area are having a disastrous effect on motorists travelling through the community.

A section of the N2 Highway has been closed several times since Monday morning, due to protesters burning tyres and rubble strewn across the road.

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says additional traffic and police officers have been deployed to the scene.

He said the situation is problematic.

"So many motorists need to travel extra kilometres to get to work. There are also so many other areas that need our help."

The community now stands divided, with some residents calling for an end to the ongoing demonstrations as it's preventing some of their children from going to school.

Many locals says they just want normality to return to their community.

There have also been allegations the protests may be politically motivated with some saying the African National Congress is instigating the violence while others blame the Democratic Alliance for what they claim is the party's unwillingness to render proper services.

Over 1,000 Grabouw residents marched to the Theewaterskloof Municipal offices on Monday where they handed over a list of grievances to Mayor Chris Punt.

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

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