The community burnt down Zwelihle police station earlier this year‚ claiming officers based there were incompetent.
Community leader Anele Prince said the police action on Saturday was reminiscent of apartheid treatment‚ and forced leaders to meet in secrecy in another area because police were trying to round them up.
“On Friday we had a discussion with the minister about the situation in Zwelihle. We asked assurance from him that we would nor be arrested‚ he gave his assurance by word of mouth‚ but on Friday afternoon the situation went sour‚ police were brutally chasing people‚” said Prince.
Cele told community leaders on Friday they had 72 hours to return police firearms which were taken from two police officers during clashes last week.
Prince said: “We were trying to have a caucus with our people to discuss this issue of a gun but by the time we got there we were being dispersed by teargas and rubber bullets.
“The whole time since Friday and into Saturday the police were driving through with Nyalas and there were guys sitting in the back with an open door. If you were walking they would shoot you.
“We decided it was not safe in Hermanus any more‚ so we decided to move away from Hermanus so we could continue doing our job as the leadership.”
Cele said he could not make a promise that police would not arrest protesters‚ and he also said he could not release protesters who were in custody.
The protesters say the municipality has sold land without consulting the community.