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Quiet in Daveyton after protests

2014-08-21 09:33

Johannesburg - Daveyton was quiet on Thursday morning following days of protests that resulted in looting and barricading of roads.

"Everything has gone back to normal. No other incidents were reported since yesterday," Ekurhuleni metro police Superintendent Vusi Mabanga said.

"There were no protests overnight or this morning. I don't know the outcome of the meeting that took place [in the area] yesterday."

The protests in Daveyton began on Monday when residents tried to illegally invade land and erect shacks but were prevented from doing so by authorities.

On Tuesday night, shops owned by foreigners were looted in the area, and six people were arrested.
Mabanga could not provide an update on the six.

"I'm not sure if they appeared in court yesterday or if they will appear today."

Rocks which were used to block roads on Tuesday were removed by Wednesday, but some intersections remained blocked.

A meeting between protesters and officials was scheduled for Wednesday to try and resolve the issue.

Another meeting was planned for Thursday.

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