Power cut anger: Soccer fans riot

2010-06-14 00:00

RESIDENTS of Ntshaweni Township in KwaDukuza on the north coast allegedly rioted violently when their electri­city was cut off, as a result of cable theft, minutes before the Bafana Bafana match against Mexico on Friday.

A source who works for the South African Police Force’s public order unit said police fired rubber bullets at the crowd.

“One police officer was injured and a police vehicle was damaged. They barricaded the R102 highway with burning tyres and threw stones at passing cars,” said the source.

Police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Mdunge denied that residents ac­ted violently or that police fired rubber bullets.

“People were just angry that the electricity went off while they were about to watch soccer.”

He said Durban Metro Municipa­lity immediately restored the electricity and residents were able to watch the match.

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