Western Cape march turns violent

2011-10-20 13:11

Police fired a stun grenade at a group of Thembalethu residents after violence broke out during a protest march to municipal offices in nearby George today.

“A few members of the group started to behave violently and police shot one stun grenade into the crowd. No other serious incidents have been reported,” said Captain Bernadine Steyn.

About 3 000 residents were marching to George in the Western Cape to hand over a memorandum.

The acting director for community safety in George, Barend Nelson, said the memorandum would most likely deal with service delivery in the township.

“We know that they are marching, but we will only know more once we receive the memorandum.”

Residents clashed with police during service delivery protests earlier in the month. Locals were reportedly upset about water and sanitation problems.

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