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Kwadwesi residents burn down bus and truck in violent housing protest

By Afikile Lugunya - Aug 2, 2017
Kwadwesi residents burn down bus and truck in violent housing protest

The situation is currently tense, but under control, Port Elizabeth police said, after protesting residents of Westville, in Kwadwesi, Port Elizabeth, allegedly burned down a bus and a truck in two days of protesting for housing.

According to police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge, the protest saw the angry residents block a road with burning tyres and concrete pipes on Tuesday afternoon.

On Tuesday, the residents later burnt down a bus along New Mission Road, Kwadwesi.

“On Wednesday, at about 08:00, these community members also blocked the New Mission Road at the

Mkwenkwe Street crossing with rubble, concrete pipes and burning tyres," said police spokesperson, Captain Andre Beetge.

“They also set alight a 5-ton truck, destroying the cabin part of the truck, sporadic stone throwing also occurred."

He said that the SAPS Public Order Police unit responded and the community moved away from the barricades.

“The local councillor will be attending to this community,” said Captain Beetge.

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