Dobsonville calm after protest

2011-06-24 07:16

Dobsonville, Soweto, was calm this morning following protests in the area the previous day, Gauteng police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Tshisikhawe Ndou said: “So far the area is very calm.”

He said police would continue to monitor the situation.

Yesterday, a 40-year-old man was arrested for allegedly torching three buses at the Putco bus depot in Dobsonville.

He was allegedly part of a group of commuters who protested against a proposed increase in bus fares.

Initially, protesters complained to the management and left without taking any action, but later the buses were set alight.

Protesters also threw stones, but no injuries were reported.

Today, Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said Elias Motsoaledi Road, which had been closed due to the demonstration, was reopened at 11pm last night.

He confirmed that calm was restored in the area this morning.

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