Several buildings, including the Diazville Community Hall, its office and a private residence, were torched during violent demonstrations on Thursday morning.
The area’s community health clinic was also torched.
Police say a group of about 5,000 people took to the streets in protest, burning tyres and pelting stones at officers.
An office at the Tabakbaai Holiday Resort was also set alight.
The Public Order Policing officers, as well as law enforcement officials, are on full alert to quell tensions.
A resident describes scenes that unfolded as police chased demonstrators through the streets.
“The police chased the riot up the hill, back from where they were coming from, and started shooting rubber bullets and tear gas.”
The motive for Thursday’s protest is not yet known to authorities.
Calm has been restored to nearby Vredenburg after 38 arrested demonstrators were released on Wednesday.
Mayor Marius Koen has outlined plans to address housing, sanitation, and other service delivery issues.
But according to the Cape Party Weskus-streek,people from outside Saldanha are being transported in by taxis with Eastern Cape registration plates.
A white Isuzu LDV without registration plates is doing the reconnaissance and the busses and taxis follow.
The CAPE PARTY stance is as follows:
It is with deep concern that we note the unlawful protest, violence and malicious destruction of our people’s property and the disruption of our businesses.
It’s with even deeper concern that we notice the lack of proper policing of this illegal actions and assault by outsiders on our lives and properties and our livelihoods.
There are ample legal processes to follow, if people are not happy with the service that they receive (if that is the real issue), violence and illegal behaviour is not one of them and cannot and will not be tolerated.
We are monitoring the situation closely and we sincerely hope and pray that the authorities will properly perform their duties and not force the citizens to take the law into their own hands in order to defend their property and interest when illegally threatened by these criminals.
The CAPE PARTY places on record that it will provide free legal services to anyone of its registered members that suffers loss or damages resulting from this unlawful protest and the lack of response from the authorities.
Sources: EWN and Cape Party