Two men arrested for Eastern Cape protest

Johannesburg - Two men were arrested for public violence and intimidation in Nomlacu near Bizana, following a service delivery protest on Tuesday, Eastern Cape police said.

A group of youths marched to the gravel road in Nomlacu, between Harding and Bizana, and demanded to speak to the mayor and ward councillor in ward 26, said Captain Mlungisi Matidane.

"The community engaged the youth to act on their behalf," he said.

This was in regard to the demands the residents had made to the mayor last month, which included the provision of access roads, water, RDP houses and electricity.

Matidane said the youths were blocking the road with stones.

"When the police officers attempted to remove the stones, the youths threw the stones at them," he said.

Police then fired rubber bullets at the protesters to disperse them.

Matidane said no injuries were reported and the protesters had dispersed.

"The situation is under control and the road has been reopened," he said.

The two men, aged 21 and 25, would appear in the Bizana Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

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