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Man expected in court, officer in hospital after violent Humansdorp protest

Sep 21, 2017
Man expected in court, officer in hospital after violent Humansdorp protest

A 54-year-old Humansdorp man is expected in the Humansdorp Magistrate's Court on Thursday facing charges of damage to infrastructure, public violence and malicious damage to property (MITP).

This after residents from KwaNomzamo, Humansdorp, blocked off the R330 between Humansdorp and St Francis Bay in yet another service delivery protest on Wednesday.

Drivers were forced to use the gravel Lombardini/ Langkloof Bricks road and the Oyster Bay road.

However, as the day progressed, the protest became violent and resulted in damages especially on some municipal property and infrastructure such as roads. 

"Today, a police constable sustained head injuries after she was hit by a stone and was treated at the Humansdorp Hospital," Humansdorp police added.

"Police have opened a case of tampering with, or damages to essential infrastructures; with additional charges of public violence and malicious damage to property, after route R330, a stretch of about a kilometre near Shuku Shukuma informal settlement in KwaNomzamo area, Humansdorp, was damaged with burning tyres.

"There were other reported structural damages to some municipal buildings and vehicles including private vehicles that were stoned."

Police used rubber bullets, stun grenades and teargas to disperse sporadic violent groups.

Humansdorp Cluster Commander, Brigadier John Lebok, has condemned the violence during the service delivery protest.