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UPDATE: Traffic dept up in flames amid Grabouw protests

Calm has been restored to the Pineview community for now, after residents set alight the department.

Children search for scrap in the debris of the Grabouw traffic department after the building was torched on 10 May 2016. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The local traffic department in Grabouw has been set alight in a protest.

While a large crowd of Grabouw residents is still gathered near the entrance to the Pineview community, protesters are calm, for now.

Two police Nyalas are parked at the entrance to Pineview, with about a dozen officers keeping an eye on a large, but peaceful crowd.

Protesters have been demonstrating since late last night after shacks were demolished in the area.

WATCH: Grabouw residents torch municipal building

A Grabouw community leader says hundreds of shacks started sprouting up on a piece of vacant land in March, which apparently belongs to the Department of Public Works.

Nomisisi Dlathu says residents called the newly established community 'Siyanyanzela' meaning "we are doing it by force".

She says locals are fed up with poor service delivery and are desperate for houses water and electricity.

"This is not a political issue and this is not a race issue, this is a human rights issue."

There's a heavy police presence in the area and the situation remains tense.

Inside the community, there are several buildings alight, sending dark smoke billowing into the air.

Picture by Thomas Holder.