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Calm restored after violent Saldanha, Vredenburg protests

Residents took to the streets demanding, among others proper basic services, jobs and housing.

Angry Vredenburg residents march to the town's municipal offices on 14 November 2018 in protest over a lack of housing and poor service delivery. Picture: Bertram Malgas/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Calm has been restored to Saldanha Bay and Vredenburg following violent demonstrations this week.

Residents took to the streets demanding, among others proper basic services, jobs and housing.

In total, police arrested 38 demonstrators.

They were, however, later released from custody after a deal was reached with municipal officials.

Some Vredenburg residents were fed up with their filthy living conditions, as well as their local leaders’ slow response to improve service delivery.

As a result, mayhem broke out this past week. But municipal bosses have now met with disgruntled residents and outlined plans to alleviate some of the problems raised.

WATCH: Vredenburg residents protest over poor service delivery

A number of municipal buildings, including a community hall and a clinic, were torched. Eleven police vehicles were also damaged.

Officials say about 5,000 protesters took part in demonstrations this week.

Police will continue to monitor area.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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