Eastern Cape -

Seven people were arrested for public violence on Thursday during protests in KwaNobuhle, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape police said.

Warrant Officer Marianette Olivier said police had been sent to the area in a bid to maintain order.

“We have a heavy police presence and we are trying to keep the situation calm. Protesters are throwing stones and burning tyres in the road.”

Eight people were arrested on Wednesday. They were due to appear in the KwaNobuhle Magistrate's Court on Friday.

Residents wanted a piece of land from the municipality to build informal settlements on. Three properties, including councillors' offices and a house, had been burnt down.

“We are investigating three cases of arson, but no arrests have been made in connection with these charges,” Olivier said. - Sapa