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Six arrested after protests in Kliptown

A protest in Kliptown has led to the arrest of six residents.

They’re demanding electricity, housing and the removal of a proposed councillor.

The police are out in force to quell any potential flare-up. On Wednesday morning, businesses closed as residents took to the streets.

“We are experiencing shops not being open and everything is shut down, it is just for the safety of their business but as the police we are around and monitoring the situation,” says police spokesperson Kay Makhubela.

In one area, demonstrators are calling for a nominated African National Congress (ANC) councillor to be removed from the list.

In another area, protesters swarmed across a rail line.

Police fired teargas and rubber bullets to disperse them.

“Early in the morning the police were called here and told that the people of Kliptown have barricaded the roads towards the police station and the railway station. When we arrived we had to push them back to their residential areas by shooting teargas and rubber bullets,” says Makhubela.

The six arrested will appear in the Protea Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

 

 

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