Hout Bay resident recalls terrifying ordeal

Karen Wentworth says her vehicle was badly damaged during yesterday's violent protests in Hangberg.

A police van parked outside block of flats in Hangberg on 30 September 2014 following violent protests in the area. Picture: Chanel September/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Hout Bay woman has described being caught in the middle of the violence that erupted in Hangberg yesterday as one of the most terrifying experiences of her life.

Karen Wentworth was staying at the Panorama Hill complex when protesters went on the rampage in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

The violence erupted after authorities tried to arrest a local who had built a shack in a firebreak on the slopes of the sentinel.

Several Hangberg residents then started protesting and demanding houses.

Wentworth says her vehicle was badly damaged.

"It was really bad. There was a lot of shouting and rocks were flying into the building. My husband was watching out the window and he saw them jump the wall which has got an electric fence. They broke the electric fencing."

The situation in the area remains calm for now but police and city law enforcement officials are keeping a close eye on the area.