Cape protesters to appear in court
Cape Town - Twenty-one people were expected
to appear in the Grabouw Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on charges of public
violence, Western Cape police said.
They were arrested on Monday following a
protest in Grabouw on Monday over a lack of classrooms and service delivery,
Warrant Officer November Filander said.
He said 14 people were injured in the clash
and taken to hospital.
The Cape Times reported on Tuesday that black
and coloured Grabouw residents guarded their schools against attack from either
side following the protests. Police had to form a human shield to prevent the
groups from entering each other's territories.
A man was attacked by a group of about 15
people, who hit him with rocks and sticks and stabbed him in the shoulder. The
group badly injured a second man.
Local resident Margaret le Roux told the
newspaper: "A group of people of the coloured community have taken up a
guarding position at the school to make sure the black people do not come
"In the black area there are groups of
people standing on corners and there are people burning tyres."
Another resident, Monyaduwe Molefe, said
blacks were retaliating because they were being attacked.
Filander said police were monitoring the
situation on Tuesday, and that no incidents had been reported.