A violent protest in Swellendam, roughly 200 kilometres outside Cape Town, has resulted in the arrest of 27 people.
On Wednesday morning, a planned rally over service-related issues turned violent in the town along the N2.
Wesley Twigg of the Western Cape police confirmed to SurgeZirc SA that the situation remained volatile.
“Police are currently on the scene monitoring the situation and arrested 27 protesters for public violence, malicious damage to property, and arson. Law enforcement agencies will remain in the area until calm has been restored.”
Earlier, protesters set fire to the municipal head office in Swellendam, and numerous other buildings and shops were looted.
According to the Swellendam Municipality in the Western Cape, all entrances and exits in and around the town, including the N2, are closed.
“The Swellendam municipal head office is burned down. The fire department is on the scene. Businesses in the main town as well as in Railton have been looted and damaged,” statement on Facebook said.