Police fire rubber bullets at protesters
Johannesburg - Police fired rubber bullets to disperse over 300 people who protested over service delivery at Ottoshoop, near Mahikeng, on Friday, the North West public safety department said.
"Police used teargas and fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd, who [then] ran into the bushes," spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said.
Protesters had barricaded the R49 road between Mahikeng and Zeerust with stones and burning tyres since 03:00.
Kgwele said two front tyres of a passing VW Polo were punctured after the driver drove over the scattered stones on the road. No one was injured.
"Police have reopened the road but we advise motorists to use other alternative roads until safety is fully restored."
Residents from a nearby informal settlement have been demanding housing since August.
Kgwele said Human Settlements MEC Desbo Mohono, Mahikeng Local Municipality Mayor Lena Miga and the residents held a meeting in September.
"It was agreed in the meeting that 107 housing units would soon be increased to 400 for beneficiaries in that area."
The meeting followed another protest over housing provision in the previous month.