Cape Town -
Southern Cape police have called in air support from Cape Town to help monitor violent protest action in KwaNonqaba, Mossel Bay, where protesters have wreaked havoc over the past three days, damaging municipal buildings and road infrastructure.
Disgruntled residents took to the streets over the lack of electricity in their township and the municipality cutting what is believed to have been illegal power connections in the area.
On Monday, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse at least 3 000 residents who gathered outside the KwaNonqaba municipal office, which is adjacent to the local police station. Protesters burnt tyres and stoned vehicles, even targeting the police station itself.
Small groups of protesters continued to gather around KwaNonqaba on Tuesday. Rubber bullets and tear gas were again used to disperse them.