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Violent protest flares up in R’fontein

Police: The situation is continuously monitored.

Randfontein Police are currently monitoring the situation on the R559 in Finsbury and Public Order Policing Services (POPS) have been deployed after a violent protest erupted early on Monday morning.

According to Captain Appel Ernst, Randfontein Police spokesperson, at around 5am, protesters were barricading some access roads to Finsbury near Lafarge Cement. The R559 had to be closed and public transport came to a complete standstill.

Approximately 150 angry protesters indicated they are not prepared to talk to the police and demanded to talk to the Mayor since they allegedly were promised houses and it was not delivered.

The crowd started throwing stones at vehicles and then attempted to vandalise the Shell garage in Finsbury.

“POPS used minimum force to disperse the unruly crowd. The protesters were dispersed and four suspects were arrested for Public Violence.

“Acting Station Commander, Colonel Filita and Vispol Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Senna is on the scene. The situation is continuously monitored. An update by the police will follow, should the situation change.”

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