Masiphumelele reiterates calls for proper policing

Violent protests erupted in the streets of the informal settlement on Tuesday.

Police moved deeper into Masiphumelele and performed 'sweep and clear' operations, arresting protesters. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - A community mediator in Masiphumelele has urged police to take the community's complaints seriously to avoid further protests.

Yesterday, violent protests erupted in the streets of the informal settlement near Fish Hoek ahead of the court appearance of seven residents accused of vigilante killings.

They were released on bail of R500 each.

ANC Councillor Daliwonga Badela mediated between protesters and police.

Police are asking for calm from #Masiphumelele residents. MM

He's warned it won't be the last protest if police don't listen to residents who complain about a lack of adequate policing.

"They need intervention, in terms of police. They want police here, because they're complaining about crime. The reason that we find ourselves in this, is because of crime."

Police managed to disperse the crowd using rubber bullets and arrested at least 27 people for public violence yesterday.

A tense stand-off between police and protesters only ended once demonstrators heard they were released on bail.