Violent delivery protest in Bekkersdal

2013-10-23 13:01
People take part in a protest in Bekkersdal. (<a href=""><b>Theresa Taylor</b></a>, Twitter)

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

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Johannesburg - Gauteng police were monitoring Bekkersdal, outside Westonaria, on Wednesday as violent service delivery protests in the area continued.

Eyewitness News tweeted that more than 1 000 people were taking part in the protests by about 12:25.

Residents apparently wanted the local municipality to be disbanded.

It was also reported that a man was shot after locals tried to loot a foreign-owned shop but police said the incident had not been reported to them.

Police used a water canon to disperse the protesters who were armed with sticks and sharp objects.

Earlier, police spokesperson Constable Elsie Tshonte said a group of protesters gathered near the local taxi rank.

"They are singing and burning tyres... It's not violent," she said.

During the protests last week, residents threw stones and a petrol bomb at the local police station, damaging three police vehicles and a disaster management vehicle.

Thirty-five people were arrested and charged with public violence.

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