Police fired rubber bullets to disperse thousands of people who blockaded roads during a service delivery protest which turned violent in Newcastle on Tuesday morning.
“Scores of people blockaded roads and burnt tyres in Bloubosch township in Newcastle. We had to use rubber bullets to disperse the crowd,” said Captain Shoes Magudulela.
He said major roads linking Newcastle and other towns were completely blocked by protesters who complained about the local municipality’s poor service delivery.
Magudulela said the protesters had obtained a permit to march to the Newcastle Municipal offices on Tuesday.
He did not know why they decided to block roads instead of march peacefully.
“We are currently trying to negotiate with the leaders of the protest to stop the closing of roads,” said Magudulela. – Sapa