Protesters setting scaffolding alight close Harbour Road in Hout Bay
Cape Town – Harbour Road in Hout Bay has been closed to traffic at the entrance of the harbour, with protesters making fires on the road, the City of Cape Town's Law Enforcement Inspector Wayne Dyason said on Tuesday morning.
"Contractors' scaffolding being used as fuel for the fire. All agencies converging on the scene to manage situation," Dyason said at 8.36am on Tuesday.
At 10.35am, Dyason said: "Currently the situation is very tense. There is no violence at the moment."
A truck was torched on the corner of Hout Bay and Skipper roads on Monday night. There were warnings on social media at 10.30pm to avoid the area in Hout Bay.
The protesters had left earlier on Tuesday morning after causing some damage, but indicated that they would return later.
It is believed that the protests were allegedly sparked over the sale of a tract of land in Hout Bay that had been promised for affordable housing.
The City of Cape Town said an electrical facility is to be built at the location where the demonstration is taking place.
* This is a developing story.
#AATraffic WESTERNCAPE Hout Bay ROAD CLOSED due to community protests Northbound— MyAATraffic (@MyAATraffic) September 17, 2019