Cape Town cop hurt in Hangberg protest

2012-03-22 20:08
Johannesburg - A policeman was injured when he was hit by a flare fired at him during an operation in Hangberg, Hout Bay, Western Cape police said on Thursday.

"The operation was conducted after police received information about illegal abalone poaching. We initiated a search operation," Warrant Officer November Philander said.

The operation took place around 08:00.

"The flare seriously injured the left hand of one of the officers and he was taken to hospital," said Philander.

Another officer was shot at. He was wearing a bulletproof vest and was unhurt.

Eyewitness News reported that local residents were unhappy with the police's tactics. Philander said the police used force according to circumstances.

"When it comes to the use of force, we use force according to the situation. Proper actions were taken according to the situation.

"Live rounds were fired at police and stones were thrown at police. Members were injured and police property was attacked during the operation," he said.

One person was arrested for public violence and is expected to appear in the Simon's Town Magistrate's Court soon. A separate case of attempted murder had been opened.

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