Tensions flare in Masiphumelele

Protesters have barricaded Kommetjie Road by burning tyres, boats & a caravan since 2am.

FILE: A Public Order Police Officer walks passed a pile of burning debris used as a roadblock during riots in Masiphumelele in Cape Town. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - After a night of violence, the situation in Masiphumelele remains volatile this morning.

The road outside the township is littered with burnt rubble and there's a heavy police presence.

Some protesters are targeting journalists by launching stones at them using catapults.

Firefighters were also forced to withdraw from the area, for safety reasons.

It's unclear what sparked the unrest.

WATCH: Conflict and chaos in Masiphumelele

The township was beset by violent protests several weeks back.

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

There have been several apparent mob justice incidents in the township near Fish Hoek.

The mob justice victims were accused of rape, theft and drug dealing.

The Ocean View community policing forum's Kathy Cronje says the situation is volatile.

"Kommetjie Road was barricaded last night and they've been burning things since about 2am. There are a couple of boats on the road and a caravan across the Kommetjie Road and they were burning that and tyres."

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Images: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.