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Masiphumelele calm after intense protests

The Ocean View CPF says police will continue to monitor Masiphumelele over the next few days.

A Public Order Police Officer walks passed a pile of burning debris used as a roadblock during riots in Masiphumelele in Cape Town. Rioting began in the early hours of the morning. Residents are unhappy with the levels of policing in the area. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Masiphumelele community near Fish Hoek is calm today following violent protests this week.

Demonstrations erupted yesterday ahead of the bail application of seven men implicated in an apparent mob attack in the area about two weeks ago.

The group has subsequently been released on bail of R500.

The violence died down following their release.

The Ocean View Community Policing Forum's Kathy Cronje says police will continue to monitor Masiphumelele over the next few days.

"We increased policing over last night to ensure that calm is restored, and today it appears to be calm."

The streets of the sprawling township have been littered with burnt rubble since about 5am yesterday.

Police were forced to use rubber bullets and tear gas on several occasions to disperse a chanting 400-strong crowd.

Protests first broke out about two weeks ago after residents complained of a lack of adequate policing.

Meanwhile, ANC councillor Daliwonga Badela, who yesterday mediated between protesters and police, warned the police to improve its services in the crime-stricken community.

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