Protesters turn on cops, tear gas fired

2012-03-26 19:10
Riot police, one with her gun readied, try to control a crowd during service delivery protests in Kya Sands, near Johannesburg. (Danielle Dooley, News24 user)

Riot police, one with her gun readied, try to control a crowd during service delivery protests in Kya Sands, near Johannesburg. (Danielle Dooley, News24 user)

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Kya Sands protests

2012-03-26 13:38

Residents of Kya Sands, north of Johannesburg, are tired of waiting for houses. During their protest they blocked roads and burned tyres. WATCH

Johannesburg - Tear gas was fired at protesting residents of Kya Sands, north of Johannesburg, on Monday afternoon, Gauteng police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said a small group of protesters started throwing stones at police escorting them back to the Inadan informal settlement.

Police retaliated by firing gas canisters at those who were being unruly, and restored calm, he said.

The protesters had dispersed after 13:00, but later regrouped and blocked Riverbend and Aghulas Roads, said Democratic Alliance ward councillor Matome Mafokwane.

He said police fired rubber bullets at the crowd, but Dlamini denied this.

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