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Johannesburg - A man accused of discharging a firearm during a protest has been arrested in Kagiso, Krugersdorp, Gauteng police said on Monday.

The man was taken into custody on Saturday after a protest erupted in the area, said Brigadier Sipho Ngubane.

Kagiso residents had been protesting over the weekend, demanding that mining activities in the area be stopped immediately.

“They were complaining that the mining activities in the area were damaging their houses.”

Ngubane said the situation was calm on Monday morning but most of the roads were still blocked with stones and burnt tyres.

He said on Sunday police fired rubber bullets to disperse protesters who were throwing stones.

“A municipal and a police vehicle were badly damaged by stones thrown by protesters.”

No one was arrested on Sunday.

Police would be on standby until the situation returned to normal, said Ngubane.

“Tomorrow (Tuesday) there will be a meeting between the department of mineral resources and the mining company in the area. We hope the situation will be better after (the meeting).” - Sapa


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