Police nab 89 in Ermelo protests

2011-02-16 07:01

At least 89 people, including 20 teenagers, have been arrested on public violence charges in Wesselton outside Ermelo.

“Overnight, it was quiet and there were no further incidents,” said police spokesperson Captain Carla Prinsloo.

At least 20 of the 89 were between the ages of 15 and 17.

A strong police presence was monitoring the roads going in and out of Ermelo, where protests turned violent this week, causing police to fire live ammunition and rubber bullets at angry crowds who also assaulted a cameraman.

Roads were littered with broken glass and burnt tyres this morning, but residents went on with their daily business.

National police commissioner General Bheki Cele was expected to visit the area today.

Prinsloo said police were still investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a field outside Ermelo yesterday.

Earlier, police spokesman Captain Leonard Hlathi said the body had “no visible live ammunition wounds”.

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