Hermanus entered a fifth day of uncertainty, as protests originating from an attempted land grab last Friday have continued in the coastal town.
The biggest attempted land grab yet in #SouthAfrica is happening in Hermanus today.
Tens of thousands of people can be seen invading the small coastal town of Hermanus. Many people’s property have also been set on fire (see news article tagged).
Source: https://t.co/2S2K7QqNnl pic.twitter.com/blenisQ251
— Willem Petzer (@willempet) March 26, 2018
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.
Hermanus South Africa. The sleepy seaside town of wine, surf & whales currently under siege by destructive, land grabbers while the South African news media reports “nothing to see here, back to normal, safe to travel”… It’s not! #Hermanus #ExpropriationWithoutCompensation pic.twitter.com/Jf7Nn1Ptyt
— riekiedplessis (@riekiedplessis) March 23, 2018
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.