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Friday, 26 December 2008

Pretoria protest turns violent

from News24

Some 50 Schubart Park flats residents were arrested on Thursday after service delivery protests at the block of flats in Pretoria turned violent, Gauteng police said.

Police spokesperson Captain Dumisani Ndlazi said the protest began at 11:00 and involved all the residents. Apparently there was no water or electricity at the flats for the last three days.

Residents threw bottles and stones at the police. They also burnt dustbins and tyres in the middle of the street.

Police had to fire rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

"The only way to get order was to use rubber bullets," said Ndlazi.

He said one woman was taken to hospital after being "traumatised".

Those arrested were expected to appear in court on Monday.

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