Cullinan quiet after violent protests

2014-02-20 08:20
(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

(Nielen de Klerk, News24)

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Johannesburg - It was quiet in Cullinan, east of Pretoria on Thursday following violent protests in the area the previous day, Gauteng police said.

"It was calm on Wednesday night. Police were patrolling the area and there were no incidents reported," said Captain Marissa van der Merwe.

Three people were shot and injured during protest action on Wednesday in Refilwe township.

Van der Merwe said a white Isuzu bakkie was trying to get out of the area when its occupants fired shots at the protesters. Paramedics took the injured to a nearby hospital where they were stabilised.

She said four protesters had been arrested for public violence.

Three vehicles belonging to foreign shop owners were also burnt during the protest. Police fired rubber bullets and used stun grenades to disperse protesters, Van der Merwe said.

She said protesters threw stones at police and the shopkeepers as the shopkeepers tried to make their way out of the area.

The protest apparently started on Tuesday. Residents were angry after a foreign shop owner allegedly assaulted a 10-year-old child, who later died in hospital. The child was assaulted for apparently stealing sweets.

The shop owner has been charged with murder, said Van der Merwe.

 

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