Hout Bay protesters to appear in court

A group of 56 people were expected to appear in the Wynberg Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday following violent protests in Hout Bay, Western Cape police said.

“At this stage, all is quiet in Hout Bay but it is still tense,” said Warrant Officer Tanya Lesch.

Eighteen people were injured in clashes between metro police and civilians in Hout Bay on Tuesday.

Violence broke out when community members clashed with metro police as the City of Cape Town dismantled illegal structures in the area.

About 15 metro officers were injured when residents allegedly threw stones at them. The police retaliated by firing rubber bullets, injuring three civilians.

The police took 62 people in for questioning on Tuesday and decided to bring charges of public violence against 56 of them.

“The 56 people are appearing in court today [Wednesday],” said Lesch. – Sapa

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