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9 arrested in Grabouw protests

Earlier, authorities had extinguished fires around the settlement with the help of aerial support.

Grabouw residents protest on 10 May 2016 after shacks were demolished in the area. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN- Nine people have been arrested following clashes with police at an informal settlement in Grabouw.

Earlier, authorities extinguished fires around the settlement with the help of aerial support.

Disgruntled Pineview residents have been protesting since last night after a tip-off about evictions and the demolition of structures.

The situation remains calm as light fades and the evening's cooler temperatures set in.

Earlier, authorities demolished structures that had been erected on land owned by the Department of Public Works.

Resident, Ilze Plaaitjies, says she is heartbroken.

Small fires, some started by children, have been extinguished, while the N2 had been closed between Sir Lowry's Pass Road and Houw Hoek.

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