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Fifteen people were arrested on Tuesday for public violence in a protest in Kagiso, on the West Rand.

Kagiso, West Rand - Fifteen people were arrested on Tuesday for public violence in a protest in Kagiso, on the West Rand, Gauteng police said.

They were arrested after police dispersed protesters, but they returned and started barricading roads, Warrant Officer Solly Sibiya said.

“They were throwing stones at the police after the situation calmed down.”

Earlier, one person was shot and wounded and two others were injured when a protest turned violent. The protests started on Monday afternoon when two children were knocked down by a truck on Tudor Road. One of them died.

Protesters pelted vehicles with stones on Tuesday. Two police officers were injured, and a protester was wounded.

“Our members were treated on the scene, and the wounded protester was taken to hospital.”

Parts of the municipal building were set alight. Roads leading into the township, and to the Chamdor industrial area, were blockaded. Firefighters were attacked when they arrived. Police had to use rubber bullets and teargas to protect them.

Earlier, residents refused to listen when Mogale City municipality officials tried to speak to them. They wanted mayor Koketso Calvin Seerane to speak to them. The residents said they had previously asked the municipality to construct speed bumps on the road, but that nothing was done, Sibiya said.

Sibiya said the police would keep a close watch throughout the night.

Motorist were advised to use the R28 and Impala Road as Tudor Road was still closed.

The 15 arrested would appear in the Kagiso Magistrate's Court on Wednesday on charges of public violence. - Sapa


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