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5 more arrested in Motherwell protests after huge crowd attacks police with petrol bombs

Jun 22, 2017
5 more arrested in Motherwell protests after huge crowd attacks police with petrol bombs

Another five people were arrested by Port Elizabeth, bringing the total so far to 17 people, who have been arrested for public violence in the ongoing protests against evictions from municipal land in the Motherwell/Wells Estate area.

On Tuesday,police arrested nine male and three female suspects in connection with the violence.

"During the execution of the evictions at Wells Estate on Wednedsay, the Sheriff and the police members were attacked by large groups of about 200 residents by throwing stones and incendiary devices (petrol bombs) at them," said police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

"Police were forced to shoot rubber shotgun rounds at the attackers to protect themselves and the Sheriff delegation on numerous incidents. Five males, aged 19 to 30, were arrested during these incidents and will be charged for Public Violence."

Captain Beetge said that two petrol bombs and a further 25 tyres were confiscated during the day in the area after attempts were made by protestors to start burning barricades on the R335 (Addo Road) passing Wells Estate.

"At 15:30, a bus belonging to Algoa Bus was damaged after it was thrown with stones in Jijana Street in Wells Estate. School children were passengers, but fortunately nobody was injured in the incident," he added.

"Two rear windows were shattered and a petrol bomb which fell inside the bus without igniting, will be anylised by forensics experts."

The Motherwell Cluster Commander, Major General Dawie Rabie, has expressed his shock that school children traveling in a bus were targeted with stones and petrol bombs.

"I view this incident as extremely serious. It is shocking that persons that occupy land illegally would go so far as to even be prepared to hurt and endanger the lives of young children. We appeal to our community structures to intervene as well to stop this violence," he said.