'Masiphumelele protests are hurting businesses'

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

FILE: The City of Cape Town today reiterated calls from authorities for businesses to shut down amid violent demonstrations. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Violent protests in Masiphumelele are having a devastating effect on businesses according to owners and staff.

Picture: Louise Marsland

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

Last night, a handful of demonstrators again demanded the release of a community activist, who has been arrested in connection with a vigilante attack.

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

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

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.

Ashely Carstens says the factory he works is operational today despite the warning, but has been affected by protests.

"This is not affecting my work, it is affecting my life because you need money to survive."

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