Watch: Massive standoff between police and angry residents in Kraaifontein, Cape Town

There’s a massive standoff between police and angry residents in Kraaifontein after authorities demolished a number of houses within the area.

Burning tyres and rocks have been used to block main routes leading into the neighborhood.

Residents are accused of constructing their houses on pre-owned land, however they mentioned they could not afford the rentals being provided within the area.

The tensions in Kraaifontein come a day after a Shoprite truck was petrol bombed during a protest in Mfuleni, while a number of vehicles were stoned in Kalkfontein. It’s understood these incidents are also associated to housing issues.

City of Cape Town Law Enforcement’s Wayne Dyason mentioned: “Protest action involving the stoning, as well as the burning of vehicles and tyres have occurred at a number of areas. Stoning incidents occurred at the Stellenbosch Arterial, and between Wesbank and Delft.”

A policing expert weighed in and mentioned local government needed to start a dialogue with protesting communities.

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

Eldred De Klerk, a senior policing and social conflict specialist at the Africa Centre for Security and Intelligence Praxis, mentioned the protests highlighted a local governance issue.

“They need to make sure that the gap between local authorities and people is addressed, as a result of they’re not there on the streets listening. It’s about poverty and the recognition of their plight.”

He mentioned governing officials needed to speak with disgruntled residents.

Athi Mtongana
Eye Witness News
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