22 September 2017

South Africa: Police and Protesters Clash in Ocean View, Kommetjie

Photo: PHOTOESSAY: Ocean View Residents, Police Clash Over Failure to Reduce Crime

Police and about 150 residents of Ocean View in Cape Town's south peninsula clashed on Thursday. This was the second consecutive day of protests. Youths blocked Kommetjie Road with stones, burning wood and tyres, while police used rubber bullets and te…

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After three gang-related killings in a week, the community of Ocean View in Kommetjie, Cape Town, took to the streets on Thursday to protest at what they claim is a lack of policing in the area. By SHAUN SWINGLER.

Angry protesters barricaded Kommetjie Road with burning tyres and rocks on Thursday. Police were present from early on in the day, and met with the community to discuss the way forward.

At the top of the list of demands was help with eradicating the scourge of gangsterism and drug abuse in the community - problems the community says are leading to the deaths of its members.

The police said they had already increased their presence in the area, and would continue to do so, starting with an immediate patrol.

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Shortly after the police returned from their patrol of Ocean View, a police water cannon and Nyala arrived to disperse protesters, who had blocked the road.

Stun grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas were fired at protesters, who lobbed rocks at the police vehicles. Running battles ensued between the police and protesters through the course of the evening. DM

Photo: Residents of Ocean View protesting against the lack...

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