Thembelihle residents fire live ammunition at police

2011-09-06 09:10
Thembelihle residents fired live ammunition at police during a protest at the township near Lenasia, south of Johannesburg, this morning.

“They shot at police, a school in the area and a councillor’s house with live ammunition,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Katlego Mogale.
She said police fired rubber bullets in return. “Nobody was injured (in the shooting).”

Disgruntled residents took to Klipspruit Valley Road outside the township shortly after midnight.

“They protested violently until 3am,” she said.

Three electricity meters were also burnt.

Two occupants of a Toyota Corolla were also pelted with stones.

“They were slightly injured,” she said.

About 500 residents began protesting over housing and water grievances yesterday.

Twenty people were arrested for public violence and malicious damage to property. There were also reports of an 11-year-old boy being shot in the face by rubber bullets.

Mogale could not confirm that he was shot, but said that he was taken to hospital. A police officer was also injured by stone throwing yesterday.

He was hit in the leg with a rock, and suffered a sprain, she said.

“The situation is calm at this stage (this morning) and a heavy police presence will remain in the area.”

Johannesburg Metro Police spokesman Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar said Klipspruit Valley Road would be closed today.
“Motorists should use the Golden Highway or Nirvana Drive as alternate routes, as there were still rocks and tyres on the road,” he said.