10 arrested after Laudium protests turn violent

2017-05-10 13:30
Laudium protests. (Sharlene Rood, News24)

Laudium protests. (Sharlene Rood, News24)

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Pretoria - Ten people have been arrested after criminal elements took over during a protest at Laudium in Tshwane.

Police Major-General Tommy Mthombeni said the men were arrested when they started to loot and burn tyres after an address by the municipality.

Earlier, police fired rubber bullets at protesters when some tried to trespass neighbouring houses and a mosque in the area.

Some residents were also seen carrying guns while in chase of the criminal elements within the protest.

"The MMC for housing in Tshwane Mandla Nkomo spoke to community of approximately 500... As we concluded the address, people dispersed went inside Laudium ran amuck in the CBD and started burning dustbins. As police, we responded and quelled the situation. We arrested 10 people."

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Mthombeni said the community of Itereleng informal settlement near Laudium are protesting over services.

The community said they have been waiting for basic services since 2013. The CBD of Laudium has had extensive damage during the protest, he said.

He appealed to community members not to take the law into their own hands.

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Councillor Mohamed Essop and Nkomo will be meeting with 10 community leaders to discuss the situation. Essop said mayor Solly Msimanga has communicated that the area will be dealt with once the new budget has been passed.

Mthombeni said allegation that a man had died as a result of the protest were false.

"This person collapsed and was taken to local clinic." He said the 25-year-old unknown man had no visible injuries.

"He is still alive."

The situation is calm and residents are advised to reopen shops.


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