Protest action in Hout Bay

About 150 residents blocked roads with burning tyres as protests flared up again yesterday (Monday) afternoon.

City of Cape Town traffic services’ spokesperson, Richard Coleman, says protesters returned to streets less than 24-hours after violent protests, which took place on Sunday 13 August. Protestors blocked traffic on Atlantic Skipper and Harbour roads.

On Sunday about 300 people protested and allegedly attacked harbour staff and set alight two fisheries and a private home.

The City of Cape Town’s Fire and Rescue department extinguished the fire.

Police and other law enforcement departments managed to restore peace at the harbour on Sunday. Police arrested four people on charges including arson and public violence and investigations are ongoing.

According to station commander, Colonel Khuthala Nebhisi, the unrest yesterday followed an incident in which a 26-year-old man, apparently found with crayfish at Table Bay harbour, went missing. Police were still searching for the man when protests flared up. According to Nebhisi the residents were part of the search, working along with officials.

Police are appealing for information from the public.