30 held after Mossel Bay protest

Johannesburg - Thirty people have been arrested for public violence and looting shops during protests in Kwanonqaba in Mossel Bay, Western Cape police said on Wednesday.

The protest was apparently over service delivery and electricity in the area, and the 30 people were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday, Captain Malcolm Pojie said.

"They are all still in custody," he said.

The protests began on Sunday, with people barricading roads with burning tyres, sticks, and stones.

"They also burnt down the Kwanonqaba municipal building, next to the local police station," said Pojie.

He said the protesters also tried to burn down the station, but police managed to prevent them.

The protest began with about one hundred people on Sunday, while the number grew to about 3000 on Monday and 7000 on Tuesday.

"There is just a small grouping today [Wednesday] and the situation is much calmer, said Pojie.

He was unable to provide the number of protesters assembled on Wednesday.

The protesters threw petrol bombs at police, who then used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse the crowd.

"A police helicopter is also being used to monitor the crowd from above," said Pojie.

He said there were no reported cases of any injuries. Police were monitoring the protesters.

The arrested protesters would appear in the Mossel Bay Magistrate's Court soon.

mantlekilo 2014-08-13 04:50:44 PM
There will come a time when 'protest' marches will no longer be allowed....and the those who wish to exercise their right to protest peacefully will have lost this tool. All because a shoal of very badly bred mutants use violence to terrorise and try and force their will on others. One bullet, one protest leader may even be the unwanted outcome if sanity returns to this god forsaken landscape of ours.
Akhenaten 2014-08-13 04:54:26 PM
These are no protests. The name should be changed to 'looting parties'
Louis Scholtz 2014-08-13 05:29:11 PM
Drove through Kwanonqaba a few minutes back... Total destruction and chaos by a few knuckle dragging barbarians. They should have been shot ons site. Bloody Animals.