Red Ant security personnel were called in on Friday to dismantle illegal structures and evict people who had occupied land. A group of about 200 people from Zwelihle had protested outside the municipal offices‚ vowing not to be evicted. Municipal manager Coenie Groenewald said the land occupation was illegal.
Hermanus Community Policing Forum spokesperson Caroline Gabb said on Monday: “The situation is Zwelihle is tense. Residents are being intimidated and prevented from going to work. Taxis aren’t operating.
“There is a crowd of protesters moving around but the police are managing to contain [them]. Access to Hermanus CBD is clear. We recommend that people avoid the township …. There are meetings planned for this morning with community members and the municipality and other[s concerned]‚” said Gabb.
A video of a standoff between community members and the police earlier on Monday where published on Facebook