Police monitor Brakpan protest, 15 held

2015-02-25 12:29
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Johannesburg - Police were monitoring a protest in the Tsakane township, south of Brakpan, on Wednesday where people burnt tyres and blockaded roads, Gauteng police said.

"The community in one of the locations woke up at around 03:00 and started burning tyres and blocking roads with stones and other items. We have arrested 15 people for public violence," spokesperson Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said.

"They are alleging that the Ekurhuleni municipality came in with the Red Ants [security] yesterday [Tuesday] and cut the illegal electricity connection around the area. That made them angry because they have no electricity."

Makhubela said no injuries were reported and police were monitoring the situation.

There are more than 1 000 people still protesting, he said at around 10:30.

The 15 people were expected to appear in court soon.

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