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Businesses advised to close early following Masiphumelele protests

About 500 meters from the entrance to Masiphumelele a joint operations centre has been set up.

FILE: The crowds have dispersed for the most part in Masiphumelele. Rubber bullets heard from time to time after protest action erupted on Friday 23 October 2015. Picture: Lauren Isaacs/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Some businesses near Fish Hoek are being advised to close early amid fears of protest flare-ups in Masiphumelele township.

Animal rescue shelter, Tears, was evacuated last night following a day of violence in which several roads were locked.

Locals there have been involved in demonstrations for weeks over what they say is inadequate policing in the area.

The City of Cape Town's Richard Bosman says law enforcement agencies are on stand-by.

"The animal shelter was evacuated and some of the businesses in the area are going to close early today. We received a warning from the community that the protests would start again."

Angry community members from the informal settlement took to the streets and burnt several vehicles including a caravan.

They are believed to be also upset over the arrest of a community leader who is expected to appear in court on Monday.

About 500 meters from the entrance to Masiphumelele a joint operations centre has been set up with several metro police, South African Police Services and traffic vehicles.

At the entrance of Poleka Road, a nyala and a metro police van are stationed and other police vehicles are parked further down the road.

The remains of burnt tyres are still lying in the street, a clear reminder of yesterday's protest and an indication of what could still happen today.

A metro police officer has told Eyewitness News there were reports of a possible flare-up of violence this afternoon.

SAPS, metro police and traffic officials are on high alert in #Masiphumelele following yesterday's violent protests. pic.twitter.com/vH3enfh5pZ


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