Durban cops use water cannon, teargas on anti-xenophobia marchers

2015-04-08 10:24

WATCH: Durban riot police use water cannon on protesting foreign nationals

2015-04-08 10:33

Riot police used a water cannon, tear gas and stun grenades to force back foreign nationals who defied an order not to march in Durban on Wednesday. WATCH

Durban - Police used water cannon and teargas to disperse about 300 foreign nationals gathered at Curries Fountain in central Durban on Wednesday morning.

The group was gathered to march against recent xenophobic attacks. They were initially due to march before Easter, before police postponed it.

(Jeff Wicks, News24)

EThekwini metro police spokesperson Superintendent Eugene Msomi said the group had applied for permission to march on Wednesday, and it had been granted.

After they had gathered on Wednesday morning, police cancelled the march, citing an imminent threat to the group.

The irate marchers gathered in the street, however their path was blocked by about 30 riot police who opened their water cannons and used teargas as the group progressed towards them.

(Jeff Wicks, News24)

The situation is tense and police have given the marchers an order to disperse.  

- To get the latest on the protest follow News24's Jeff on Twitter

- Are you there? Send us your eyewitness accounts and pictures

Read more on:    durban  |  xenophobia  |  protests

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.