Calm restored to Hangberg after protests

Authorities are closely monitoring the situation in Hangberg after early morning protests.

FILE: Authorities are closely monitoring the situation in Hangberg after early morning protests. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A Hout Bay resident has described how protesters went on the rampage in the Hangberg area.

But calm has been restored following early morning protests.

The exact reasons behind the violence, which erupted in the early hours of this morning, are unclear.

But it's understood authorities had moved in to make several arrests.

A local says her car was torched.

"A friend's car, my car and two other cars in our block were set alight right outside my bedroom window in front of me and people at our our security gate."

The police's Andre Traut, says officials are keeping an eye on the situation.

"The situation is being monitored by police following an outbreak of violence in the community. At this stage the situation can describe as calm and no one has been arrested on charges of public violence as yet."

The City of Cape Town's Richard Bosman says, "The entrance to Hangberg has been closed. The police as well as Metro Police are on the scene diverting traffic. The indication that I got is that it's a service delivery protest."

They had allegedly illegally erected shacks in a firebreak on the sentinel.

A community leader says he's shocked following the violent protests.

"Everybody has been ordered to leave once the situation calms down."