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Police, Zwelihle protesters locked in stand-off

Hundreds of residents have been protesting this week, calling for the release of a community activist.

Residents of Zwelihle near Hermanus protest on 12 July 2018. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Police officers and protesters in Zwelihle, in Hermanus, are once again locked in a stand-off.

Hundreds of residents have been protesting this week, calling for the release of a community activist.

The man was arrested earlier this week for incitement and malicious damage to property.

The Hermanus swimming pool has been torched, as well as a section of the Walker Bay recycling facility.

Officers have been firing rubber bullets, using tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the large group.

Hermanus resident Marthunis Barnard said: “A group of protesters has gathered on a koppie next to the pool of Zwelihle. They also tried to march to the R43 but police have pushed them back into Zwelihle and they are currently in a stand-off with them.”

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