Peaceful march ends in chaos Peaceful march ends in chaos in Manenberg

2015-08-04 06:00

A peaceful protest against gang violence and drugs through the streets of Manenberg ended in chaos on Saturday.

The impromptu march started peacefully in Manenberg Avenue but violence ensued after the procession cornered Aletta Court, when a community member, not taking part in the march, started hurling stones at the crowd.

It is unclear who was responsible for sparking the violence. Lieutenant Ian Bennett, Manenberg police’s spokesperson, says that although details are hard to come by, a police officer was taken to hospital after being struck on the head by one of the bricks thrown at his police van.

Windows of the van were destroyed after being continually hit with bricks and stones, with the windshield and side of the van severely damaged.

It is alleged that the officer fired shots to disperse the crowd, before losing consciousness, after being struck. The officer has since been discharged from hospital and is recovering from his injuries.

Bennett confirms no arrests have been made and the police have opened up a case of malicious damage to property. They are also considering a case of attempted murder.

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Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact the Manenberg police on 021 699 9400.

A peaceful protest against gang violence and drugs through the streets of Manenberg ended in chaos on Saturday.

The impromptu march started peacefully in Manenberg Avenue but violence ensued after the procession cornered Aletta Court, when a community member, not taking part in the march, started hurling stones.

It is unclear who was responsible for sparking the violence. Lieutenant Ian Bennett, Manenberg police’s spokesperson, says a police officer was taken to hospital after being struck on the head by one of the bricks thrown at his police van.

It is alleged that the officer fired shots to disperse the crowd, before losing consciousness, after being struck.

Bennett confirms no arrests have been made and the police have opened up a case of malicious damage to property. They are also considering a case of attempted murder.

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Anyone with information regarding this incident can contact the Manenberg police on 021 699 9400

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