Five hurt during shebeen protest

Johannesburg – Five people – including two police officers – have been injured during a protest against the closure of a shebeen in Wrenchville, Kuruman, Northern Cape police said on Sunday.

Police raided the shebeen at around 1am on Saturday and ordered the owner to close it as he had no operating licence, Captain Tony Modise said.

Modise said about 50 patrons opposed the closure and started throwing stones and other objects at the police.

“The crowd also barricaded the main roads with burning tyres, forcing the officers to fire rubber bullets to disperse them,” Modise said.

Two officers sustained head injuries when they were hit by objects thrown by protesters.

Three protesters were hit by rubber bullets. They were all taken to a local hospital.

Modise said police arrested 11 men and one woman. They were expected to appear in the Kuruman Magistrate’s Court on Monday.


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