Police open fire as Mossel Bay protest turns violent

Cape Town – Police have fired rubber bullets at Mossel Bay protesters, after the three-day protest turned violent, according to reports.

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SABC reported on Tuesday that a group of people, who were protesting the disconnecting of illegal electricity connections, started throwing stones at police who were monitoring the situation.

According to reports, riot police have been deployed to the area to back up the local police.

eNCA said that protesters have ripped traffic lights from the ground and have burned down at least three municipal buildings.

Police spokesperson Malcolm Pojie told eNCA that police have used stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd since Sunday.

NoeNoe 2014/08/12 06:57:06 PM
Typical! They all want everything for free. WE DEMAND. GIVE. TAKE. STEAL. KILL. BURN. DESTROY. When will it end?
Ian Trenor 2014/08/12 06:58:28 PM
Eish why you taking my freebie lectric!!??
Bertus Pretorius 2014/08/12 07:06:13 PM
Illegal connections being disconnected and these thieves start attacking police? Nope, no sympathy here. And well done SAPS for acting against this crime.
Sebenzile Sweetpayne Menziwa 2014/08/12 07:12:44 PM
Why it,s always black people who complain about everything where as in Eastern cape they don,t? becouse there people don,t have even running water and proper sanitation or does it belong to another country.
Justice Mogajane 2014/08/12 07:22:39 PM
Erna Westdyk 2014/08/12 07:25:13 PM
"....who were protesting the disconnecting of illegal electricity connections" ------------ Says it all doesn't it? And my (legally connected) electricity account has doubled this month without using more electricity but just because its winter! That's what our service provider told me.
Johan Coetzer581 2014/08/12 07:25:34 PM
Why only now that the Police fired on the protesters is this protest covered by News 24 when it has been going on since the weekend ?
Muneri Tshilidzi Emmanuel 2014/08/12 07:29:14 PM
Free electricity,houses,water,toilets,grants for making babies and free education,i think we are lost if we want things to come that way,but anyway those on tope lied to them before election and is time to see their true colours
Peter Jacobs 2014/08/12 07:36:08 PM
Shoot them. Protesters in this country are out of control.
Vaalmeerkat 2014/08/12 07:37:23 PM
Live rounds please!!