15 arrested in Grabouw protests

Protests erupted in the Pineview area yesterday & the local traffic department was torched.

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

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

Protests erupted in Pineview after authorities started tearing down shacks which had been erected on government-owned land.

Yesterday, a heavy police presence remained in the Pineview area throughout the day.

Authorities had prepared for any eventuality, following the torching of the local Traffic Department.

Resident Ilze Plaaitjies says she's unsure of the next step.

"Some people are still living in their homes and I think they were allowed to stay."

Besides clashes with resistant residents, police also kept a close eye on children who lit fires on roads and in nearby bushes.

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Traffic officials and other law enforcement officers have maintained a heavy presence in Grabouw throughout the night.

Western Cape Traffic Chief Kenny Africa says roads in the area remain closed.

"I am in Grabouw and the situation is very tense at this moment. The roads are still closed on the Cape Town side of Sir Lowry's Pass, at the Gordon's Bay turnoff and then also on the Caledon side of Houwhoek Pass at Bot River."