Residents clash with police ahead of land grab case

The day got off to a rough start with a heated exchange between police and protest leaders.

Some of the protestors taunting police officers ahead of the illegal land grab hearing at the Western cape Magistrate Court on 21 April 2015. Some don't flinch, others find it amusing. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Khayelitsha residents have gathered outside the Western Cape High Court ahead of a hearing into the illegal land grabs in the area.

Hundreds of people were evicted from land near the Nolungile train station two weeks ago.

The property owner, arms manufacturer Denel, is in court today seeking a final order preventing further occupation of the land.

The day got off to a rough start with a heated exchange between police and protest leaders.

Police tried to prevent the crowd from entering the court building.

#LandGrabs Some of the protestors taunting police officers. Some don't flinch, others find it amusing. XK pic.twitter.com/DkZI9rzFWu

#LandGrabs Denel is in court today to hear whether the judge will make the interim order (preventing occupation) into a final. XK

They told them to disperse but they refused.

The protestors, most of them wearing Economic Freedom Fighters t-shirts and other insignia, say they want law enforcement to return building material confiscated during the eviction.