Imizamo Yethu community leaders condemn torching of two homes

The houses of two community leaders in Hout Bay were set alight on Thursday afternoon by a group of balaclava-clad attackers.

Imizamo Yethu community leaders have condemned the attacks on two of their own, amid violent protests in the area.

Those who burnt the homes are believed to be a part of a group of residents who are unhappy with the City of Cape Town's re-blocking process, which is currently underway in areas that were damaged by the March fire.

EWN Reporter, Monique Mortlock says when she left the area on Friday, the situation was a lot calmer than the previous day.

Community leaders told us that the group of protesters are young men who are unhappy with the re-blocking process.

Monique Mortlock, EWN Reporter

The community believe the violence is an act of anarchy and complete lawlessness.

Monique Mortlock, EWN Reporter

Mortlock reports that majority of the residents and community leaders have condemned setting alight the two homes.

She adds that she has spoken to a few residents who have expressed their unhappiness with the re-blocking. She says she was even warned against moving further into some parts of the area. She's been told the matter is still sensitive at this stage.

Listen to the full report in the clip below:

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