Mbalula claims 'rented mob' behind Imizamo Yethu violence

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has described the perpetrators of violence in Imizamo Yethu as a 'rented mob'.

Five people were arrested over the weekend in connection with chaotic protests in the Hout Bay community.

Two houses were torched while foreign-owned shops and a local ANC office were vandalised last week.

Mbalula met with community leaders at the Hout Bay Police Station on Sunday night, reports EWN's Monique Mortlock.

He says police have received information that the violent protests have been fueled by criminal elements and young, balaclava-clad attackers who have been paid to wreak havoc.

Mbalula firmly believes that it is not necessarily the resident. He believes it's a criminal element and youngsters on drugs who have been paid to cause anarchy in Imizamo Yethu.

Monique Mortlock, EWN reporter

He promised to speak with Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu for her to intervene in the matter.

Tensions have been high in Imizamo Yethu over the drawn out rebuild process following destructive fires in March.

Meanwhile, Imizamo Yethu community leaders have condemned the attacks on two of their own.

Community leaders have urged police to act against those responsible for a violent protest.

Take a listen to the EWN update:

WATCH: Mbalula: We will maintain law and order in Imizamo Yethu


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