1 dead as taxi speeds through crowd following violent protests in Mitchells Plain

2018-05-02 22:08
Police monitor protests in Mitchells Plain. (Aljoscha Kohlstock, News24)

Police monitor protests in Mitchells Plain. (Aljoscha Kohlstock, News24)

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A Mitchell's Plain resident died on Wednesday night after he was hit by a taxi which then fled the scene during a community protest, authorities said.

Cape Town law enforcement spokesperson Wayne Dyason told News24 that two other people were injured when police fired rubber bullets at the crowd.

A large crowd of Mitchells Plain residents had gathered on Highlands Road following protest action by residents of the Siqalo informal settlement and according to reports the taxi sped through the crowd.

Siqalo residents came into conflict with their neighbours in Mitchells Plain during the protest that started late Tuesday night and continued on Wednesday, GroundUp reported. The Siqalo residents have been demanding the provision of services from the City of Cape Town. 

Jakes Gerwel and Highlands drives and Weltevreden, Morgenster and Varkensvlei roads were closed off during the protest.

Police are currently monitoring the situation.

Earlier on Wednesday, a vehicle was set alight and an ATM at a Caltex petrol station and surrounding stores were damaged during the protest.

READ: Roads closed, cars set alight in Cape Town protest

He said there was a large police presence in the area.

"There have been threats that apparently if there's protest action again tonight (Wednesday) there are other groups that would retaliate. So, we are there to make sure that there's peace in the area, that's why we are maintaining a strong presence," he said.

Dyason had earlier told News24 that two opposing factions had argued about the violent means used in the protest.

eNCA's Athi Mtongana tweeted this video from the scene:

Fifteen other people were arrested earlier for public violence.

Sergeant Noloyiso Rwexana said all the arrested protesters would be charged with public violence and were expected to appear in the Athlone Magistrate's Court soon.

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