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Police keep an eye on Thembalethu amid protests

Thembalethu residents demonstrated against the removal of illegally erected shacks on Tuesday.

FILE: Rocks, burnt tyres and concrete piping litter the streets in Thembalethu after protests turned violent. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Police are monitoring the Thembalethu area in George where there have been disruptive protests.

The Southern Cape Town's Thembalethu Bridge will remain closed but officials earlier re-opened the N2 highway.

Thembalethu residents demonstrated against the removal of illegally erected shacks on Tuesday.

Demonstrations were still taking place in the community and two protesters were arrested.

George's Chief Provincial Traffic Inspector Quinton Williams said: “Some areas within Thembalethu are still busy and the public order police are monitoring it at this stage. There’s free flow of traffic between George and Mossel Bay and George towards Knysna.”