Watch: 25 suspects arrested on Monday as Cape Town protests persist

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Cape Town protests continue to escalate on Monday 27 July. According to Western Cape police, 25 suspects were arrested on Monday morning alone in three different areas. 

Seven suspects were arrested in between Steenberg and Bishop Lavis, six were arrested in Mamre and 12 were arrested in Bellville South, bringing the total to 25. 

Western Cape police Brigadier Novela Potelwa confirmed the continuation of the Cape Town protests on Monday. She said that after several run-ins between police and protesters in several incidents of public violence on Monday morning, police arrested 25 suspects for a range of crimes including public violence and contravention of parts of the disaster management act. 

As seen in the video above, a group of about 200 protesters burnt tyres on Silverstream Road in Mamre and pelted police with stones. Police responded and six people were apprehended. A police officer was also injured in the face during the commotion,” said Potelwa. 

One can see the sign which reads “Silverstream Road” in the video.  

Sporadic incidents of public violence were also reported in Bellville South on Frank Louw Avenue and in Green Lands that resulted in 12 people being arrested. Seven people were also arrested between Steenberg and Bishop Lavis.

“In Cloetesville, the R304 has since been opened as protesters dispersed peacefully,” she added. 

COMMUNITY SAFETY MINISTER CALLS FOR CALM IN THE WESTERN CAPE

Minister of Community Safety, Albert Fritz, has called on residents in the Western Cape to remain calm, refrain from public violence and adhere to the lockdown regulations, amid the Cape Town protests.

According to DA Western Cape Spokesperson on Community Safety Reagan Allen, 30 arrests were made on Sunday 26 July following a protest related to illegal land invasions in Kraaifontein.

Recalling the Cape Town protests which have been ravaging through the city for the last two weeks, Fritz condemned the destruction of property.

“Over the past week, there have been several protests concerning service delivery, housing, the safety of farmers and the sale of alcohol and cigarettes. Whilst some of have been peaceful, others have not and have led to destruction of property, both state and private, physical assault, barricading of roads, burglary, looting liquor stores, land invasions and stone-throwing,” said Fritz. 

“The destruction of public property impacts our poor and vulnerable residents the most and cannot be justified in a Constitutional Democracy. It is evident that a smaller group of inciters are leading these protests and pretending to speak for the masses. In doing so, they are preying on the plight of the most vulnerable in society who will suffer the infrastructure and services lost due to protest action,” he added. 

Fritz has called on anyone with knowledge of public violence and the conveners of the Cape Town protests to immediately come forward and report it to their local SAPS. Alternatively, one can call 08600 10111. 

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