Heavy police presence in Cosmo City

2015-04-09 07:47
(Naledi Shange, News24)

(Naledi Shange, News24)

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Johannesburg - Police were maintaining a significant presence in Cosmo City, in the north west of Johannesburg, on Thursday morning following violent protests in the area, Gauteng police said.

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"We will continue monitoring the area. Police maintained a strong presence in the area overnight," spokesperson Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said.

"Residents were protesting last night but the rain played a role in limiting the size of the protests. They might go back onto the streets today [Thursday] but we are keeping an eye on that."

Public violence

On Wednesday, two people were arrested for alleged public violence and malicious damage to property after residents in the area ran riot following a court sheriff arriving to evict families from illegally built homes in the area.

Makubela on Wednesday said residents became angry when a family were removed from their home and their house demolished.

Officials were stopped from evicting other families and levelling their homes. Shops were looted, and motorists using Malibongwe Drive were pelted with stones.

An emergency services vehicle was damaged, with police firing teargas and rubber bullets.

Makhubela said no injuries had been reported, with the two arrested people expected to appear in court soon.

ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said they had treated one person who had been assaulted, and that residents had thrown stones at motorists.

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