By Graeme Raubenheimer

A total of 30 people have been arrested in connection with the violent land grab situation in Zwelihle in Hermanus.

Community members started occupying vacant land in the township last Thursday.

But things quickly escalated over the weekend when the Red Ants were sent in to stop the land grab.

This has since led to violence and looting in Zwelihle, where the local satellite police station was partially set alight.

Foreign-owned shops were also looted overnight.

Negotiations are now underway with community leaders, the local Mayor, police, provincial authorities and the SA Human Rights Commission to try and defuse tensions.

Cape police’s Frederick van Wyk says officers are out in full force, adding that “the arrested people will appear in the Hermanus Magistrates Court [Tuesday] on charges of public violence”.