Police use tear gas to disperse Walmer Township protesters

SEPTEMBER 22, 2016

Port Elizabeth police on Thursday morning used tear gas to disperse around 150 residents from the city's Walmer Township blocked off  the nearby Victoria Drive, between 9th and 10th Avenue, with burning tyres during the morning rush. Subsequent congestion forced those driving to work to seek alternative routes.

Apparently the residents were protesting about crime levels in Walmer Township. They were also reportedly angry about the arrest of three people last week after residents took matters into their own hands against suspected criminals earlier this month.

The three suspects appeared before the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Monday facing charges of murder and attempted murder following the mob justice incident that left two dead and a third person in hospital.

The three suspects, Ncedile Apolisi, aged 31; Jonathan Deyi, aged 55, and Monwabisi Matyaleni, aged 32, were arrested by SAPS Walmer detectives during the early hours of last Friday morning at their homes in Walmer. They were remanded in custody for further investigation.

It is alleged that on the 1st of September, at about 19:00, a group of residents from G-West location, in Walmer, caught and assaulted the three men, who they suspected of committing robberies in the township.

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At the time of reporting community leaders were addressing the protesting residents. More updates to follow.