Richmond protest turns ugly

2014-12-05 00:00

PROTESTS in Richmond escalated once again yesterday, resulting in police having to use teargas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

Sanco protestors, who were involved in the march in the town on Monday, gathered together yesterday in the Ndaleni area. They blocked the road with large concrete blocks and stoned cars that were passing by.

Police retaliated by firing rubber bullets and teargas at the crowd. According to Sanco member Lungisani Ngubo, 10 of their members were injured and taken to hospital, including an elderly woman who was affected by the teargas.

Ngubo said they will not stop until the president or the premier comes to Richmond to address them.

“This is our sixth march with no positive response. The leadership of the ANC is failing the people of Richmond,” he said.

The protests are a result of a lack of service delivery to the surrounding townships of Richmond. Sanco members want the mayor, along with other police and municipal officials, to be removed.

All attempts to get comment from the mayor, municipal manager or police were unsuccessful by the time of going to print.

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