Police monitor Grabouw after violent protests

Police will continue monitoring Grabouw following violent protests over the past two days.

FILE: Police will continue monitoring Grabouw following violent protests over the past two days. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Police will continue monitororing the situation in Grabouw following violent protests over the past two days.

Clashes broke out on Tuesday for a second day between police and demonstrators who are up in arms over poor service delivery and a lack of housing.

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.

The community has highlighted a lack of housing as the biggest issue facing residents of the Overberg town.

The police's Thembinkosi Kinana says, "The situation is being monitored closely to prevent the further spread of violent protests."

About 11 people have been arrested for allegedly looting shops during the chaos.

Meanwhile, the Western Cape Department of Education says it hopes schooling returns to normal in Grabouw as soon as possible.

More than 6,000 learners have been affected by the violent demonstrations resulting in at least five schools being closed.

MEC Debbie Schafer laid criminal charges on Tuesday against those believed to be responsible for the violence.

She says its learners who are now suffering the most.

"I took it as soon as it was feasible to do so to try and ensure that the police intervene very quickly and decisively to bring stability back to the community in order for our learners to be able to function and write their exams and go to school."

Schafer has laid charges against the African National Congress, the Ses'Khona People's Rights Movement and the GCA.

She claims to have evidence that these groups are behind the violent protest.

Schafer said the charges relate to the South African Schools Act.