Cape Town - The City of Cape Town condemned repeated illegal land invasions in Mfuleni on Monday after violent protests erupted when police, the City of Cape Town’s anti-land invasion unit and law enforcement tore down about 45 shacks built on land earmarked for development.
Police spokesman Captain FC van Wyk said the land invasion had initially started with 50 people at 3am but the number grew to about 600 by on Monday morning.
“The group of people grew to about 600 and was violent as they started throwing stones. The shacks were being demolished by the contractors. When being dispersed, three petrol bombs and five litres of petrol were confiscated,” Van Wyk said.
At least 18 people were arrested for public violence as a result of the protest.
Mother of two Akhona Sekundla, 24, said she had “nowhere to go” and had “nothing to feed her family” after her home was destroyed.