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Hout Bay residents wreak havoc over death of a poacher

13 August 2018 9:22 AM
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Hout Bay Main Road
City's safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith says residents cause havoc every time the police catch poachers out.

The residents of Hout Bay brought the suburb to a standstill on Sunday over circumstances surrounding the apparent death of at least one suspected poacher.

Residents were upset that officials had allegedly shot at a boat of poachers on Saturday, killing a man.

City's safety and security mayoral committee member JP Smith says the details of what really transpired are still sketchy as different facts are being reported.

He says a group of protestors attempted to set alight two properties, in which one was extensively burnt and a private vehicle was set alight as well.

Read: Hout Bay calm after violent protests on Sunday

Firefighters fought till late last night to bring the fire under control.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security

He says this kind of incidents seems to be happening more often where the residents protest and cause havoc every time the police catch poachers.

This has become a very distinctive pattern where the poachers every time there's a fatality they intimidate the police, causing havoc.

JP Smith, Mayco member for safety and security

Smith has condemned the destruction of private property by residents.

To hear the rest of the conversation with JP Smith, listen below:


13 August 2018 9:22 AM
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Hout Bay Harbour protest
Hout Bay Main Road

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