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Cape racetrack set alight as protest flares up again

Demonstrations in the area broke out on Saturday morning while law enforcement officer were tearing down structures illegally built on privately-owned land in Bloekombos.

Kraaifontein protesters seen on 1 August 2020 during a protest. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Protesting residents in Kraaifontein have set a community racetrack on fire.

Demonstrations in the area broke out on Saturday morning while law enforcement officer were tearing down structures illegally built on privately-owned land in Bloekombos.

Residents retaliated by pelting officers with stones.

Law enforcement’s Wayne Dyason said: “Law enforcement came under heavy attack from protesters, numbering around 2,000. Protesters moved from Marula Road, but officers removed them from the area. Protesters also set fire to the Tygerberg racetrack and removed the zinc roof.”

The protests mark the second consecutive weekend of unrest over housing issues in the community.

Last week, a Shoprite truck was petrol bombed during a protest in Mfuleni.

Police in Cape Town are maintaining high visibility in the community of Kraaifontein, which is being rocked by a second consecutive weekend of protests.

Law enforcement agencies have had their hands full trying to quell the unrest, which erupted again earlier on Saturday.

The police's Andre Traut said: “Our members have been deployed to Bloekombos in Kraaifontein after the local community become riotous and the situation is currently being policed. No one has been arrested as yet. Our members will remain in the area until tranquillity has been restored.”

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