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Police use rubber bullets to disperse CT protesters

The running battles between police and protesters have been ongoing since Sunday morning, after houses were destroyed by City of Cape Town law enforcement officials.

FILE: In this file photo, law enforcement officers are pictured on scene where Kraaifontein residents barricaded roads after their homes were demolished on 26 July 2020. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The situation in Kraaifontein, in Cape Town, was volatile on Sunday afternoon as a result of a protest action after police fired rubber bullets.

The running battles between police and protesters have been ongoing since Sunday morning, after homes were destroyed by City of Cape Town Law Enforcement officials.

The residents have occupied the pre-owned land and built their homes there, saying they cannot afford rentals that are being offered in the area.

The metro said police managed to stave off an inferno at the Kraaifontein integrated waste management facility after the protesters attempted to set it alight.

City of Cape Town’s Law Enforcement’s Wayne Dyason said: “Protest action is currently taking place in the vicinity of the Old Paarl Road in Kraaifontein. Law Enforcement is on the scene. There are around 80 officers. There are around 1,000 protesters burning tyres.”

Community activist Linda Phito said residents had built shacks on the land for the past few weeks.

"Since is COVID-19 people are not working. People are backyard dwellers, which means backyarders. The landlord still wants money. Those people now see the opportunity to build a house on the land."

He said residents were angry that the structures were torn down. Phito added some residents were injured in running battles with police.

The Tygerberg Raceway has also been targeted.

Over the past few weeks, violent protests have erupted in areas including Delft, Mfuleni, Khayelitsha and Kalkfontein.

Many of these protests are related to land occupations, as people who have lost their income, battle to pay rent. Some of them have resorted to erecting structures on unoccupied land.

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