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#Masiphumelele: Business owner loses everything during violent protest

Protesters burned tyres, blocked off major roads and looted businesses in the area.

Andrew Mazarira’s business was looted and his belongings were stolen and set alight. He said he lost everything during the protest in Masiphumelele. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A Masiphumelele business owner has lost all his belongings after protesters stormed his workshop.

Demonstrators took to the streets this morning by burning tyres and blocking off a major road in the area.

LIVE on #Periscope: Police clear riots in Masiphumelele, Cape Town https://t.co/TRfQnjm5Dy

It's believed the demonstration is linked to the court appearance of a number of people arrested for a vigilante killing and public violence.

#Masiphumelele Some onlookers upset as they can't get to work due to road being closed. LI pic.twitter.com/fBlSrWhHvz

A devastated Andrew Mazarira cried as he stared at his wheelbarrow, trailer's tyres and other equipment burning in the middle of Kommetjie Road after protestors looted his shop.

"I feel pain that was my income for my family's food. What am I supposed to do now?"

The situation in the area remains tense, as a strong police presence monitors demonstrators at least five people have been taken into police custody.

#Masiphumelele Just 1 of scores of rubber bullets that have been fired. Thick smoke hangs over the area. LI pic.twitter.com/ciNGqP9JRH

Acting Western Cape Police Commissioner Thembisile Patekile says the reason for the protest is unclear.

"We were surprised this morning to that we hear the road is closed as about 500 people were on the road. We are trying to find the leaders but have just cleared the road."

He adds they've opened a case of public violence.