Grabouw residents guard schools after race clashes

2012-03-20 06:48

Black and coloured residents of Grabouw, Western Cape, have taken to guarding their schools against attack from either side following racial attacks yesterday.

Police had to form a human shield to prevent the groups from entering each other’s territories when coloured Pineview residents and black Siteview

residents clashed.

A man was attacked by a group of about 15 people, who hit him with rocks and sticks and stabbed him in the shoulder. The group badly injured a second man.

Fifteen people were arrested and released on a warning, to appear in the Grabouw Magistrates Court soon on public violence charges.

Local resident Margaret le Roux told the Cape Times: “A group of people of the coloured community have taken up a guarding position at the school to make sure the black people do not come damage it.

“In the black area there are groups of people standing on corners and there are people burning tyres.”

Another resident, Monyaduwe Molefe, said blacks were retaliating because they were being attacked.

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