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Masiphumelele: Fire services forced to withdraw amid protest

Residents stoned a fire truck after firefighters were called out to douse a shack in the area.

FILE: Violent protests erupted in the area about two weeks ago following three vigilante killings. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The City's Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed its officials were forced to withdraw from the Masiphumelele community, after they were targeted by angry residents.

Disgruntled residents stoned a fire truck, when firefighters were called out to douse a shack that caught alight in the area.

The shack fire was reported while angry residents ran amok during two apparent mob justice incidents at the weekend.

The City's Theo Layne says firefighters immediately withdrew from the area, for safety reasons.

"Upon our arrival, stones were thrown at the fire engines and water tankers. We have one water tanker that was damaged. Firefighters sustained no injuries."

The Ocean View Community Policing Forum's Kathy Cronje has condemned the attacks on the fire personnel.

Masiphulelele has been the scene of a spate of vigilante attacks over the past few weeks. Violent protests erupted in the area about two weeks ago following three vigilante killings.

Residents say a lack of adequate policing has driven them to take the law into their own hands.

WATCH: Police fired rubber bullets at residents who looted shops and blocked roads in protest against effective policing.

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