Police: No overnight incidents in Bekkersdal

2013-10-24 08:56
People take part in a protest in Bekkersdal. (<a href=\https://twitter.com/journalist_jill\><b>Theresa Taylor</b></a>, Twitter)

People take part in a protest in Bekkersdal. (Theresa Taylor, Twitter)

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Johannesburg - No violent incidents were reported overnight in Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg, the scene of protests this week, Gauteng police said on Thursday morning.

"It was quiet and no activities or any gathering were reported," said Constable Elsie Tshonte.

A foreign shop owner was arrested on Wednesday for possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Residents told the police the man had a gun with which he had shot another man, said Tshonte.

"Police officers searched the shop and found the gun."

Police were investigating an attempted murder case.

Earlier, protesters had gathered near the local taxi rank and burnt tyres.

Last week, 35 people protesting over service delivery were arrested and charged with public violence after a petrol bomb and stones were thrown into the police station.

Three police vehicles and a disaster management vehicle were damaged.

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