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23 arrested in Paarl protests

Chaos erupted when demonstrators converged on the municipal buildings.

Picture: Stock.xchng.

CAPE TOWN - Police in Paarl have arrested 23 people after protests flared up near the town centre earlier today.

Chaos erupted when demonstrators converged on the municipal buildings.

At least three cars were damaged when vehicles were pelted with rocks and set on fire.

It's understood some Mbekweni residents were behind the protests over the poor roll-out of electricity in the area.

The police's Andre Traut said, "The situation in Paarl is being policed and 23 people have been arrested for public violence and will make a court appearance once they have been charged."