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SANDF deployment in Dunoon not in reaction to protests - authorities

The area has been locked down for days now amid violent protests believed to be linked to grievances over taxi permits.

Soldiers join police and law enforcement officials in trying to bring stability in Dunoon amid protests. Picture: Kevin Brandt/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Soldiers have been deployed to protest-stricken Dunoon on Tuesday.

However, authorities said the operation in the area was aimed at sniffing out drugs and firearms, and it was not planned in reaction to recent protests.

The area has been locked down for days now amid protests believed to be linked to grievances over taxi permits.

Fifteen armoured personnel carriers rolled into a volatile Dunoon in the morning.

Soldiers join police and law enforcement officials in trying to bring stability to the area.

This vendor, who sells second-hand clothes on the side of a road, welcomed the military presence, saying he has been unable to run his makeshift business for days now.

“I’m glad because we’re struggling to run our businesses here. They’re throwing stones at cars.”

Roads in the area that were closed have been reopened. It's unclear when bus services will get up and running.

DUNOON SCHOOLS CLOSED

Schools in Dunoon could not reopen on Tuesday, due to protests.

The Western Cape Education Department said it is a crucial time for schooling, particularly grade 12 pupils nearing their final exams.

A group of pupils said they would like schooling to resume as soon as possible.

" I want to go to school so that I can learn more. It's not good. It's not right," said one pupil.

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