Cape Town metro cop wounded in petrol bomb attack in Kraaifontein during land protests

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A City of Cape Town metro police officer had to be hospitalised following a petrol bomb attack on his official vehicle during land occupation protests in Kraaifontein on Saturday.

According to the city, law enforcement officers had been working in the area this past week as hundreds linked to land occupation attempts, protested in the Kraaifontein area.

During one such protest at 14:00 on Saturday, a petrol bomb was hurled at a city vehicle after staff were confronted by a 600-strong crowd in Bloekombos.

The officer sustained injuries to his face and arms.

"He managed to extinguish the flames, avoiding further injuries to his colleagues," mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith said on Sunday.
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The city's JP Smith said people were injured during protests on Saturday. “They resorted to attacking residents in Belmont Park and private property in the area. There were several injuries. One injury was particularly severe when protesters threw a petrol bomb on an officer.”

CAPE TOWN - The City of Cape Town has conceded that several attempts to disperse a group of people who invaded land in Kraaifontein has been unsuccessful.

Violent protests broke out again in the Bloekombos area on Saturday after law enforcement officials tore down structures.

They were erected illegally on privately-owned property.

A group of about 2,000 protesters managed to overpower law enforcement officers and police on Saturday.
Authorities had to pull out of the area. They've now continued building more shacks.

A nearby racetrack came under attack during the protest.

The city's JP Smith said people were injured. “They resorted to attacking residents in Belmont Park and private property in the area. There were several injuries. One injury was particularly severe when protesters threw a petrol bomb on an officer.”

Community leader Linda Phito has condemned the violence but said government officials needed to come and speak to the community.
 
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