Calm restored in Maboneng after violent protests

2015-03-18 15:08

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Jeppestown residents flee as police fire rubber bullets. Pictures: Lucky Nxumalo/City Press

Angry hostel residents in Jeppestown have taken to the streets to express their frustration at receiving letters of eviction.

“The residents were served with notices of eviction yesterday and embarked on a protest,” Gauteng police spokesperson Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said today.

The section will accommodate a new development in Maboneng Precinct, Joburg.

Occupants of the Jeppe Hostel near the refurbished precinct started protesting last night around 8pm and intensified their efforts earlier today.

Police fire rubber bullets at protesters.

It was reported that a protester was shot in the head as police tried to disperse the crowd by firing rubber bullets.

A photographer at the scene, Jonathan Wood, said the situation escalated as protesters began looting local businesses. Several shops in the area have now been closed.

Twenty two have been arrested on charges of public violence.

Police officers monitor the area.

Makhubela said the situation has calmed down and police will continue to monitor the situation.

Police cordoned off Jules Street as the director of the municipality addressed the crowd.

Meanwhile, The Maboneng precinct will host a hip-hop street festival next week to unveil the new infrastructure. Dubbed the “coolest hubs in the inner city”, Maboneng said it plans to attract young people of all ages, races and ethnic groups to its streets with the new development.

Vehicles were vandalised during the violent protest.

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