Port Elizabeth - Police in Hankey in the Eastern Cape have established a Joint Operations Centre to monitor and respond to outbreaks of violence in the citrus town which have seen 17 protesters arrested for public violence.
Police spokesperson, Sergeant Majola Nkohli, said a section of the R331 between Hankey and Patensie was closed on Tuesday and motorists were advised to use alternative routes.
Nkohli said at around 6am on Tuesday, a group of about 1 000 protesters started marching towards Hankey Central Business area and police barricaded the road to stop the group from proceeding to the area.
He said protesters raised several demands which included the release of seven suspects who were arrested on Monday.
It was further alleged that when protesters did not get their way, they ran amok and started throwing stones.