Crowd attacks cops

2014-11-14 00:00

STONES rained from the sky through plumes of black smoke as angry protesters faced off with police yesterday over the shooting of two teenagers on Wednesday.

The protest continued late into last night with the residents “playing a game of hide-and-seek” with police, rioting in different parts of Copesville.

Infuriated Ezinketheni residents lashed out at police after a pupil of Umsilinga Primary School was arrested for the shooting.

On Wednesday morning, two people allegedly involved in vigilante killings in the area last month were also apprehended by the police, further upsetting the community.

Protesters demanded the release of the two as they thought their acts were justified.

They also wanted the shooter of the two primary school boys to be released so they could mete out mob justice.

The agitated crowd barricaded New Greytown Road outside Copesville with burning tyres, large logs and bunches of meshed wire.

When police arrived, they hurled a mass of stones and insults at them and the fire truck. The police retaliated with tear gas to ward off the crowd.

Several officers made their way into the township to try and talk to the angry protesters, but they fled before the police could communicate with them.

Shortly after police had cleaned up the burning mess on the road, another barricade was put up on Copesville Drive.

Police rushed to the scene where they spotted a woman running away from the barricades. They took up the chase in their vehicle, winding up narrow dirt roads through the township.

They searched through houses and eventually arrested the woman and three others under the Public Violence Act.

“It is a cat-and-mouse game, but we will not let that stop us. We will not let this lawlessness continue,” said a police source.

The source said public order officers were monitoring the protesters and would be at the scene throughout the night.


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