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Life in South Africa: Hundreds of people occupy a plot of land to try to grab it illegally

The situation was very tense at Hermanus, on the south coast of Cape Town, Monday afternoon following protests and riots against the attempted expropriation of a plot of land this weekend. Police were called in order to try to stop a group that had begun illegally occupying vacant land. The protesters claimed that the housing being built by the municipality for the homeless was insufficient.

Overberg Police Commander Brig Donovan Heilbron said that following the riots, the Zwelihle satellite police station was damaged, a library was set on fire, and a house owned by a municipal employee was also burned. He said 26 people had been arrested for public violence, and that the roads leading to Zwelihle were littered with debris.

 

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