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Police on high alert in Philippi East as protests continue

Several City of CT vehicles & a house belonging to an ANC councillor were torched during demonstrations.

FILE: Officers clearing the road of the stones that were thrown by protesters in Philippi East. Picture: Masa Kekana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Western Cape police say they will remain in Philippi East until they've quelled protests that have left at least one person dead and municipal property destroyed.

Several City of Cape Town vehicles and a house belonging to an African National Congress councillor were torched during demonstrations by residents of the Marikana informal settlement over the last week.

Preliminary estimates have put the cost of the damage at around R10 million.

The police's Andre Traut says a large number of officers have been deployed to the area.

"We will remain in the area until we are satisfied that the situation has been restored to normal. Several people have been arrested on charges of public violence and arson and several properties were destroyed in the protests."