7 Thembalethu residents arrested following housing protests

Residents of the township on the outskirts of George took to the streets over a lack of housing in the area.

A municipal building was partially damaged when it was torched, while two municipal vehicles were gutted during Thembalethu protests. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Seven men have been arrested in connection with a protest in Thembalethu where several vehicles, including a police van were damaged.

The township on the outskirts of George was on standstill on Wednesday as residents took to the streets over a lack of housing in the area.

A municipal building torched allegedly by protesters was partially damaged while two municipal vehicles and a car belonging to a security company were gutted.

Southern Cape police spokesperson Malcolm Poje said, “Charges brought against them include malicious damage to property as well as public violence and they will appear in the Thembalethu Magistrates Court on Friday.”

On Thursday morning, George Mayor Melvin Naik agreed to respond within a week to grievances raised by Thembalethu residents.