Police keep close watch on Bekkersdal

By Drum Digital
24 October 2013

Gauteng police continue to monitor Bekkersdal, outside Westonaria, as violent service delivery protests have not calmed down.

Gauteng police were monitoring Bekkersdal, outside Westonaria, on Wednesday as violent service delivery protests in the area continued.

Eyewitness News tweeted that more than 1 000 people were taking part in the protests by about 12:25.

Residents apparently wanted the local municipality to be disbanded.

It was also reported that a man was shot after locals tried to loot a foreign-owned shop but police said the incident had not been reported to them.

Police used a water canon to disperse the protesters who were armed with sticks and sharp objects.

Earlier, police spokesperson Constable Elsie Tshonte said a group of protesters gathered near the local taxi rank.

"They are singing and burning tyres... It's not violent," she said.

During the protests last week, residents threw stones and a petrol bomb at the local police station, damaging three police vehicles and a disaster management vehicle.

Thirty-five people were arrested and charged with public violence.

- by Sapa

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