14 to appear in Brits court for protest

2014-01-15 13:01
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Violent protest in Brits

Service delivery protests continued in Brits, North West, for the second day after two protesters were shot dead and two were wounded on Monday. See pictures.

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Johannesburg - Fourteen people will appear in the Brits Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on charges of contravening the National Road Traffic Act, North West police said.

"Fourteen people were arrested on Tuesday for barricading roads in Mothutlung near Brits," Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said in a statement.

The arrests came after residents took to the streets and barricaded roads.

He said the roads had been cleared and the situation was under control.

"The situation remains calm and police are patrolling the area."

Residents started protesting on Sunday afternoon about a water shortage in Mothutlung.

On Monday, two people were killed, allegedly by police, during the protests.

Mokgwabone said another resident died after he allegedly tried to escape from a moving nyala armoured vehicle.

He said the man and his friend were arrested on Tuesday for public violence in the area.

"The men were put in the nyala that was headed to the police station. One man managed to escape and the other tried to escape, but fell from a moving nyala."

Mokgwabone said the man sustained head injuries and was taken to the Job Shimankane hospital where he later died.

Residents reportedly claim that the man was assaulted by police while in the nyala and was pushed out of the moving vehicle.

"A case of inquest will be referred to Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) for investigation. Internal investigation will be done based on the recommendation from the Ipid."

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