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Stone-throwing, tyres set alight as group protests in Athlone

Authorities said demonstrators were throwing stones and burning tyres along Klipfontein Road.

Protesters set tyres alight at Klipfontein Road in Athlone, Cape Town, during a protest on 23 October 2019. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - A group of people are currently protesting in Athlone.

Authorities said demonstrators were throwing stones and burning tyres along Klipfontein Road.

Earlier this week, two people died after a fire destroyed several shacks in Die Vlei informal settlement.

At this stage, it's unclear if Wednesday’s protest is linked to that incident.

Ward councillor Magedien Davids said: “They were waiting for their starter packs to arrive. The starter packs arrived. But I am not sure whether this is about housing and whether they want houses now.”