Cops attacked while patrolling De Doorns

2013-01-14 10:41
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Cape Town - Three men targeted a police foot patrol in the protest-hit area of De Doorns on Monday morning, a police spokesperson said.

Warrant Officer November Filander said the officers were attacked at around 03:00 while patrolling an informal settlement in the Western Cape town.

"I was informed that the officers used a stun grenade and not rubber bullets to disperse the group," he said.

The trio were arrested for public violence. One of the three was allegedly found in possession of dagga.

Quiet

"The affected farm striking areas are quiet at this stage. Police are still monitoring these areas."

Farmworkers in De Doorns want their minimum R69 daily wage increased to R150.

The strike began on 27 August last year, and was called off on 4 December.

Since the strike resumed on Wednesday, De Doorns has been the epicentre of violent clashes between protesters and police.

On Thursday, police used a water cannon and fired rubber bullets and stun grenades in an attempt to disperse thousands of strikers who pelted them with stones.

A truck was hijacked and set alight on Saturday morning.

A total of 125 people were arrested between Wednesday and Sunday in connection with the strikes, mostly for public violence.


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