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Masiphumelele community leaders slam violent protests

A community leader said the community previously agreed that they would respect court processes.

Protesters in Masiphumelele community blocked major roads, including Kommetjie Road with a shipping container as they call for policing in the area on 27 October 2015. Picture: Louise Marsland.

CAPE TOWN - Masiphumelele community leaders have condemned the spate of violent protests that wrought havoc in the community last night and early this morning.

The area near Fish Hoek has seen a wave of protests and three mob killing over the past few weeks.

A handful of protesters took to the streets last night demanding the release of a community activist arrested in connection with mob attacks in the area.

Community leader Tshepo Moletsane says a handful of youth took to the streets last night burning tyres and damaging traffic lights in the area demanding Lubabalo Willem be released.

Moletsane says the community previously agreed that they would respect court processes and hold off on protests until Willem's next court appearance this week.

Meanwhile, businesses in a nearby complex have been warned to close their doors today after the park was targeted this past weekend.

BUSINESSES NEGATIVELY AFFECTED

Violent protests in the area are having a devastating effect on businesses according to owners and staff.

The Fish Eagle business park along Kommetjie Road is situated about a kilometre from Masiphumelele.

The complex, which includes about 60 commercial units, was targeted by protesters over the weekend.

WATCH: Violent protests in Masiphumelele.

A bus was set alight and palisade fencing was damaged.

The City of Cape Town today reiterated calls from authorities for businesses to shut down amid violent demonstrations.

Jerome Sauls says the factory where he works is operational today despite the warning, but has been affected by protests.

When Eyewitness News visited the usually bustling complex earlier today most of the factories were closed.

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