Pinetown protest turns ugly

01 September

A protest by hundreds of striking motor industry employees in Pinetown turned ugly earlier today.

KZN police have used rubber bullets to disperse the 400-strong crowd after they blockaded Shepstone Road about two hours ago.

Police spokesperson Jay Naicker says officers were called in when the group began overturning rubbish bins.

“Everything is back to normal, police are monitoring the clean-up operation at this stage. We’ve not had any reports of injuries.”

Naicker says – at this stage – they’re unable to confirm reports that protestors allegedly assaulted four people at a business on the road.

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