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Train station ticket office set alight in Mbekweni

Protesters also burned tyres on the tracks and vandalised other infrastructure.

The Mbekweni railway station was set alight allegedly by protesting residents on 23 April 2014. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - A ticket office alight was set alight at the Mbekweni Train Station in Paarl last night.

Protesters also burned tyres on the tracks and vandalised other infrastructure.

The situation in Mbekweni is tense with authorities on high alert for a flare-up of violent protests.

Sergeant Nceba Vanqa says some community members have told police they will take matters into their own hands.

"They will not take the law into their own hands, if they caught the perpetrators they must take them to the police station."

Vanqa says the police will be monitoring the area throughout the day and tonight when demonstrators are expected to return.

He believes the people responsible for the damage are not service delivery protesters, but thugs guilty of criminal acts.