What Has Sparked the Violence?

Hermanus entered a fifth day of uncertainty, as protests originating from an attempted land grab last Friday have continued in the coastal town.

News 24 reported that shops in the Zwelihle area were looted, just hours after a local police station was torched. Thankfully, there have been no fatalities despite tensions remaining extremely high.

What happened with the land grab attempt?

Last week, a group of residents in the Overstrand region took up occupancy on vacant land belonging to the state. They marked out plots for themselves and marched to the municipal manager’s office to demand a supply of water and electricity.

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