Cape Town police arrest eight protesters


Eight people have been arrested in Cape Town after Khayelitsha residents burnt tyres and stoned vehicles in service delivery protests.

Eight people have been arrested in Cape Town for public violence after Khayelitsha residents burnt tyres and stoned cars during service delivery protests. (David Harrison, M&G)

The city's disaster management centre spokesperson Wilfred Solomons-Johannes said on Monday a group of 200 protesters were burning tyres and scattering rubble in the roadway at Duynefontein Road between Lansdowne and Vanguard Drive in Cape Town on Sunday night and the early hours of Monday morning.

Just before midnight, a group of protesters started burning tyres and a metro police vehicle was stoned and damaged, he said.

"At 4.30am [on Monday morning] a lamp pole was removed and the area became volatile and the roadway has to be closed in both directions," said Solomons-Johannes.

"The officers fired live rounds at the protesters. No injuries have been reported."

Solomons-Johannes said protesters again gathered at Duynefontein Road between Lansdowne and Vanguard Drive.

"All the lanes have been closed to traffic until further notice and motorists are being diverted to make use of alternative routes."

A large contingent of officers were on high-alert to monitor the area after information was received that various groups wanted to disrupt Cape Town on Monday, he added.

"Three persons have been arrested by the City Metropolitan Police Department and another five by the SAPS for public violence," said Solomons-Johannes.

Last week, more than 60 people were arrested following protests in Gugulethu. Petrol bombs were hurled at police officers and an Eyewitness News vehicle was stoned.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille blamed the ANC Youth League for being behind protests in the Democratic Alliance-led city.

De Lille said the protests seemed to be driven by "reckless political rhetoric of the African National Congress Youth League and other groupings".

Reports at the weekend said the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation at Wits University had analysed protest hotspots in Gauteng and Mpumalanga, and concluded that ANC factions were behind some of the protests. – Sapa

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