Over 1000 residents from the Zwelihle area of Hermanus were in a standoff with police during a protest on Wednesday, July 11. The protest broke out overnight after residents heard claims that a local activist was going to be arrested by the authorities. Some demonstrators threw rocks at police officers, who responded with rubber bullets and tear gas. Health officials announced that the Hermanus Community Day Centre would be closed on Wednesday in light of the unrest, and may reopen on Thursday, July 12, if the situation returns to normal. Tensions remain high in the area as of Wednesday afternoon (local time) and further clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out.
Individuals in Hermanus, especially the Zwelihle area, are advised to monitor developments to the situation, plan alternative routes, avoid all demonstrations and protests due to the risk of violence, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities.