Cape Town cop hurt in Hangberg protest

2012-03-22 20:08

Johannesburg - A policeman was injured when he was hit by a flare fired at him during an operation in Hangberg, Hout Bay, Western Cape police said on Thursday.

"The operation was conducted after police received information about illegal abalone poaching. We initiated a search operation," Warrant Officer November Philander said.

The operation took place around 08:00.

"The flare seriously injured the left hand of one of the officers and he was taken to hospital," said Philander.

Another officer was shot at. He was wearing a bulletproof vest and was unhurt.

Eyewitness News reported that local residents were unhappy with the police's tactics. Philander said the police used force according to circumstances.

"When it comes to the use of force, we use force according to the situation. Proper actions were taken according to the situation.

"Live rounds were fired at police and stones were thrown at police. Members were injured and police property was attacked during the operation," he said.

One person was arrested for public violence and is expected to appear in the Simon's Town Magistrate's Court soon. A separate case of attempted murder had been opened.

  • Greg.J.M - 2012-11-30 14:43

    Newspaper journalist needs to stop their blanket blaming of the "community" when only certain elements of the community are involved in illegal activities from which only they benefit. This episode started at about 06h30 am and all I saw was poachers running after someone, possible a police officer? the police have a job to do in ridding the community of Hangberg off the bad elements plaguing it and if they have to fight violence with violence so be it, it is just unfortunate that families are helping these bad elements when the police try to act against them.

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