Man arrested for firing shot in Kagiso protest

2014-01-06 13:44

A man accused of discharging a firearm during a protest has been arrested in Kagiso, Krugersdorp.

The man was taken into custody on Saturday after a protest erupted in the area, Gauteng police’s Brigadier Sipho Ngubane said today.

Kagiso residents had been protesting over the weekend, demanding that mining activities in the area be stopped immediately.

“They were complaining that the mining activities in the area were damaging their houses.”

Ngubane said the situation was calm this morning, but most of the roads were still blocked with stones and burnt tyres.

He said police fired rubber bullets to disperse protesters who were throwing stones.

“A municipal and a police vehicle were badly damaged by stones thrown by protesters,” he said.

No one was arrested yesterday.

Police will be on standby until the situation returns to normal, said Ngubane.

“Tomorrow there will be a meeting between the department of mineral resources and the mining company in the area. We hope the situation will be better after [the meeting].”

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