Authorities to monitor Hout Bay following violent protests

The violent protest is believed to have been sparked by the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department’s announcement that rock lobster quotas would be cut.

A police officer stands guard on the road in Hangberg during a protest by residents who are reportedly angry at the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department’s decision to cut fishing quotas. Picture: Shamiela Fisher/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Authorities will on Wednesday morning continue to monitor the Hangberg and the Hout Bay harbour areas following a day of violent protests.

Fishermen, who protested over fishing quotas, clashed with police on Tuesday.

At least two arrests have been made and a teenaged boy was hit by a rubber bullet. A city law enforcement officer was also injured in the violence.

The violent protest is believed to have been sparked by the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department’s announcement that rock lobster quotas would be cut.

WATCH: Hangberg residents clash with police

One demonstrator explained the reason for the protest: "We had 110kg, but they told us that they would cut that to 50kg. How can we live on a 50kg quota for six months? That won't sustain us."

The clashes quickly turned violent and two law enforcement officers were wounded.

This resident says he witnessed how a boy was wounded, allegedly by officers.

"We were running from the cops and this child hid in the bushes. The police arrived, saw the child and shot him."

Protesters have vowed to continue demonstrating.

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)