Sat. Nov 23rd, 2019

Boksburg protests: Police used rubber bullets to disperse crowd

protest boksburg service deliveryBoksburg protesters closed off the Paul Smith and 14th Avenue intersection in Boksburg North over service delivery related issues.

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As reported by Fanie Mthupha from the Boksburg Advertiser, police fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.

The Ekuhuleni Metro Police Department (EMPD) and local security companies deployed officers to the area.

Motorists were urged by authorities to avoid the area. In addition, residents took to Twitter to warn fellow motorists. Kobeli Mokheseng was the first to inform netizens of the protest action:

“In the City of Ekurhuleni: Boksburg area, the intersection of Paul Smith and 14th is blocked with rubble, rocks and burning tyres following a protest action. Please use alternative routes.”

Ashleigh Pollen added: “For those who travel towards Dunswart side into Benoni or Benoni to Boksburg, please find alternative routes today. There is massive protest action going on at the corner of Atlas and Paul Smit Str. Please avoid at all costs.”

Belinda was at her wits’ end and said on Twitter that she needed to pass through the protest “to get to schools.” She asked, “Do we keep our kids at home now?”

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In addition, Johan Willemse, warned of protest action “happening at the corners of Ravenswood, Dormehl, Bartlett and Thirteenth Roads in Anderbolt, Boksburg.”

As reported by Jacaranda News, police confirmed the arrest of 20 protesters. Captain Kay Makhubela said authorities are monitoring the situation and added:

“Community members next to the factories around Boksburg are complaining that the factories are hiring foreign nationals.”

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Watch: Police resort to rubber bullets to control the crowd

The story is developing. We will share more updates as new information becomes available.

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