26 held over Eastern Cape protest

2013-10-28 18:28

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Johannesburg - Twenty-six people were arrested on Monday after violent protests broke out in Ngqamakhwe, Butterworth, Eastern Cape police said.

Police spokesperson Sibongile Soci said 18 women and eight men were taken into custody.

"We are reiterating our warning that members of the community should consider the consequences of their actions," Soci said in a statement.

The group would appear in the Ngqamakhwe Magistrate's Court on public violence charges on Tuesday.

The province's education department said matric exams in the area started without a glitch despite the violence.

Residents blocked the main road into the town.

Despite this exam papers were delivered to schools, spokesperson Malibongwe Mtima said in a statement.

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