Police on high alert in Rietfontein

2011-04-06 08:55

Police fired rubber bullets at protesting Rietfontein residents, northwest of Johannesburg, this morning, a Gauteng spokeswoman said today.

“Police are handling the situation there, and there is still some sporadic gathering of people in some parts. We will remain on high alert until everything has calmed down,” said Captain Katlego Mogale.

She said the police were forced to fire rubber bullets when about 500 residents started throwing stones at officers who were trying quell a service delivery protest.

Mogale said residents began protesting at 4am and tried to barricade the R114 road with burning tyres.

No one was injured and 15 people were arrested.

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