Protesters in Western Cape injure police officer, 25 arrested

Protesters in Western Cape

A policeman was injured within the face during the protest within the West Coast town of Mamre on Monday.

The police had to face over 200 protesters in Mamre. The protests was said to be triggered by the mass land invasion.

They “Gavtol Capetonians” threatened to shutdown the town but the police were present and on high alert.

The cops spread across Cape Town and a number of other other municipalities while the protesters barricaded the road with burning tyres and rubbish. a number of these protesters attacked the police with stones.

According to Western Cape police spokesperson Brig Novella Potelwa, some were arrested, “Seven arrests were effected in Steenberg and Bishop Lavis for riot as roads were barricaded with burning tyres and debris,” said Potelwa during a handout on Monday morning.

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But, by noon, 25 people were arrested on charges starting from riot to contraventions of the Disaster Management Act after several run-ins between police and protesters.

“A police official was injured within the face during the commotion,” said Potelwa.

“Meanwhile, stun grenades were used on Prince George Drive to disperse a gaggle of protesters.”

However, protesters in Cloetesville who were blocking the R304 dispersed peacefully within the afternoon.