Two arrested during rioting in Cosmo City

2015-04-08 17:31
(Naledi Shange, News24)

(Naledi Shange, News24)

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Johannesburg - Two people have been arrested in Cosmo City where residents ran riot on Wednesday after the court sheriff arrived to evict families from illegally built homes in the area, Gauteng police said.

"[A group of people] were throwing stones at the police and then the police chased them until they caught two, but the others managed to flee," Lieutenant Kay Makhubela said.

"We will continue monitoring the area and searching for the others who were involved in damaging property, particularly the state cars."

He said the two were expected to appear in court soon on charges of malicious damage to property and public violence.

The roads in Cosmo City had since been reopened.

Makhubela said residents became angry when a family were removed from the 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.

Police fired teargas and rubber bullets.

Makhubela said no injuries had been reported.

Earlier, Malibongwe Drive in both directions was closed to traffic in the area. The local outlets of Shoprite and KFC had been closed. A police officer who did not want to be named said locals looted the KFC.

Coca Cola cups, brown paper bags and a few squashed tomatoes lay in the road outside the fast food outlet. Metro police officers were putting out fires in the streets that were littered with rocks and rubbish.

A delivery truck transporting food to the KFC was attacked, residents told a News24 reporter. The windows of the local recreation centre had been smashed with stones. As the rain came down protesters dispersed.

A paramedic on the scene, who did not want to be named, said one person was treated for multiple gunshot wounds.

"When the patient was being brought in, a group started throwing stones at them, so they ran into a house. And when they came out, everything was quiet and the response car was gone."

Metro police spokesperson, Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar, denied a report that a metro police officer had been injured.

ER24 spokesperson Chitra Bodasing said they had treated one person who had been assaulted, and that residents were throwing stones at motorists. She could not confirm a rumour that a paramedic crew had been attacked.

“All crew members are fine,” she said.

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