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WATCH: Cops in running battles with #EldoradoPark protesters

Crime & Courts
Johannesburg – Rocks and glass continued to fly as running battles between Eldorado Park, Kliptown, Freedom Park residents and police took place on the Golden Highway.

Earlier in the day, during an attempt to stop the protesters from advancing The Star watched as members of the Flying Squad allegedly shot live ammunition into the air and set off stun grenades.

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The Star also overheard one of the police commanders shouting at a Flying Squad member that "if someone is shot here, who will take responsibility?".

Following the allegations of live ammunition used MEC for Community Safety, Sizakele Malobane was expected in the area to address angry residents.



She was on her way but at this stage was unable to enter the area due to safety concerns.



Protesters managed to take back the Golden Highway several times pushing police back, however police dispersed the crowd several times using rubber bullets and tear gas.

Several people including journalists were injured during the stonings while at least six people were arrested.



A Spar and a Shoprite were also looted during the chaos.

MEC for Community Safety Sizakele Malobane arrived at the scene and was adamant that she would not entertain rumours that live ammunition was used.

"We need to see the evidence. If live ammunition was used there would be injuries.

"As far as I know the community members were shooting at police," she said.

Malobane was sent by Gauteng Premier David Makhura to resolve and negotiate with the community but has thus far not succeed.

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