On Thursday tensions rose between residents of Hangberg, Hout Bay, the SAPS and Municipal Law Enforcement as authorities proceeded to break down some of the informal structures in the area.
The SAPS operation was allegedly a response to complaints raised about the increase in informal structures being built in the area. The operation is apparently not an eviction and was scheduled to be carried out last week.
Ward Councillor Rob Quintas said in a statement, “Hangberg has an area set aside for informal development called the Hangberg Institute Development Area, or HIDA. The incomplete and unoccupied structures being demolished today fall outside of this area, and affect residents of Hangberg and their services.”
Hangberg residents allegedly protested against the operation by burning tyres, to which the police reportedly responded with stun grenades and tear gas.
The City of Cape Town has provided no further comment on the situation.