Mon. Oct 26th, 2020

Caledon strike: Protesters clash with police, two confirmed dead

caledon strikeAs we understand it, the situation is tense in the Overberg town.

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Caledon has erupted into violence after residents of the Overberg region of the Western Cape took to the streets to voice their frustrations with the local municipality.

The details are a bit sketchy at the moment but what we can confirm without a doubt, is that the Caledon community clashed with riot police on Thursday morning.

What is happening in Caledon?

Twitter user, Zolani Makhuphula, alerted the DA account of the strike in response to their tweet showing Mmusi Maimane talking about people who “vote for race and not for hopes, dreams and the future”.

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Why is the Caledon community protesting?

We contacted the Caledon police station to verify this information.

It is believed that the community is protesting against a lack of service delivery. According to the officer we spoke to, the protesters also want housing.

Two people have been confirmed dead during the protests. It is not clear, at this moment, if they were shot by the police.

When we put this to the Caledon police station, they could not confirm nor deny this.

We then contacted the Theewaterskloof local municipality to ascertain their response to the protests that broke out on Thursday morning.

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Hugo Geldenhuys, the municipality’s spokesperson noted that they were aware of what was going on in the Overberg town.

He stated that the executive mayoral committee was going to have a meeting about the strike and relay information afterwards.

Geldenhuys also stated that the municipality is not certain what caused the strike as they have received no memorandum from the protesters to date.

This is a developing story.

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