Cape protesters to appear in court

By Drum Digital
20 March 2012

Twenty-one people were expected to appear in the Grabouw Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on charges of public violence, Western Cape police said.

They were arrested on Monday following a protest in Grabouw on Monday over a lack of classrooms and service delivery, Warrant Officer November Filander said.

He said 14 people were injured in the clash and taken to hospital.

The Cape Times reported on Tuesday that black and coloured Grabouw residents guarded their schools against attack from either side following the protests. Police had to form a human shield to prevent the groups from entering each other's territories.

A man was attacked by a group of about 15 people, who hit him with rocks and sticks and stabbed him in the shoulder. The group badly injured a second man.

Local resident Margaret le Roux told the newspaper: "A group of people of the coloured community have taken up a guarding position at the school to make sure the black people do not come damage it.

"In the black area there are groups of people standing on corners and there are people burning tyres."

Another resident, Monyaduwe Molefe, said blacks were retaliating because they were being attacked.

Filander said police were monitoring the situation on Tuesday, and that no incidents had been reported.

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