Church set alight by land invaders

A church was set alight during a violent protest in Kalkfontein near Kuils River on Sunday evening, Western Cape police said.

“It’s confirmed that the church has been set alight. Apparently it appears it was set alight by protestors,” said police spokesperson Colonel Thembinkosi Kinana.

“As I understand it, it’s a continuation of the land invasion protests that were going on the weekend,” he says.

No injuries were reported.

“No arrests have been made so far. The investigation is still on going,” says Kinana.

Kinana could not confirm whether the protests were linked to similiar protests late in March when a council home rented by law enforcement officer was petrol bombed, allegedly by a group of people evicted from land they illegally occupied.

Members of the public order policing unit would remain on scene, Kinana says.

Since March, the area has seen an invasion to occupy a stretch of land belonging to the city council.