Protests have flared up in Kraaifontein. On Saturday morning, residents set a community racetrack on fire after law enforcement officers allegedly tore down illegally-built structures in Bloekombos.

The structures were erected on privately-owned land in Bloekombos. Speaking to Eyewitness News, Law enforcement spokesman Wayne Dyason said officers “came under heavy attack”.

“Law enforcement came under heavy attack from protesters, numbering around 2,000. Protesters moved from Marula Road, but officers removed them from the area. Protesters also set fire to the Tygerberg racetrack and removed the zinc roof.”

Watch: Protests in Kraaifontein and Bloekombos

Reporting for SABC News, Kirat Lalla said “police have used water cannons, rubber bullets and teargas to disperse protesters in Kraaifontein outside” Lalla added:

“Protest action coupled with illegal land occupations have been continuing in the area for weeks”.

Unrest in Bloekombos and Mfuleni

Earlier this week, a group of 400 protesters gathered in Bloekombos, opposite the Tygerberg Raceway. Protests have been ongoing for more than a week, following the City of Cape Town’s recent round of evictions.

Enraged residents blocked roads with burning tires and rocks, and set a Shopright truck on fire in Mfuleni. The protests were attributed to evictions and the demolishment of so-called illegally-built structures.

At the time, the Western Cape Human Settlements MEC Tertius Simmers described the protesters as criminals trying to “jump the housing demand database queue”. Simmers added:

“The criminality will not be condoned. I appeal to residents who have a genuine housing need to register on the housing demand database.”

Also read — Brackenfell and Kraaifontein: Truck and shops looted as protests flare up

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Presh JM Reporter

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