Residents who damaged houses and businesses in Hermanus said that they did so to gain the attention of the media.
They claim that they had been waiting for houses for 20 years only to see houses being built for other people.
They began setting up shacks on vacant land in an apparent land grab to show how desperate they had become. The group of land claimants also marched to the municipal offices to demand that they have access to water and electricity.
During the protests, a municipal office and a satellite police station were burned down and spaza shops were looted.
The protests have become a catalyst for residents to express their dissatisfaction over a range of issues from housing to toilets.
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