South Africa – protests in Atteridgeville stops people getting to work

News24

2017-02-24 10:00

Johannesburg – Protesters blocked several streets in Atteridgeville on Friday morning, preventing residents from going to work, Gauteng police said.

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They also threw rocks and burned tyres, said spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Lungelo Dlamini.

“We are not yet sure why they are protesting. We are not sure whether it’s about the [anti-immigrant] march,” he said.

He could also not give an estimate of how many people were taking part in the protest at this stage but said police were monitoring the situation.

The police were also investigating reports of a newspaper truck that was looted.

Protest action in Atteridgeville
Protest action in Atteridgeville. (Supplied: CICA)

Tshwane metro police spokesperson Superintendent Isaac Mahamba said they had received reports of several shops being looted, but had yet to confirm the incidents.

Morning Live anchor Leanne Manas on Friday tweeted that a news camera and other equipment had been “confiscated” by protesters in Atteridgeville.

She later tweeted that the news crew managed to negotiate with protesters to get the equipment back.

“#Atteridgeville protestors say media portray them in a negative light & call it #xenophobia when all they want is to get rid of criminals,” she tweeted.

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