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UPDATE: Roads blocked in Gelvandale-Bethelsdorp, bus torched, protesters arrested

Feb 19, 2019
UPDATE: Roads blocked in Gelvandale-Bethelsdorp, bus torched, protesters arrested

Port Elizabeth police on Tuesday morning advised motorists to use alternative routes after protesters in the Gelvandale and Bethelsdorp area barricaded the main roads with burning tyres and stones.

According to police information, Standford Road, Gail Road and other roads in the Helenvale area and in Bethelsdorp Road, have been blocked since 06:00 on Tuesday morning.

"Public Order Police have been deployed in the areas of Bethelsdorp and Gelvandale and five protesters were arrested," said police spokesperson, Capt Sandra Janse van Rensburg.

"The protestors, two men and three females, aged between 28 and 35, were arrested and detained under the Criminal Matters Amendment Act, Gatherings Act and the National Road Traffic Act.

Algoa Bus set alight by protesters in Gelvandale

She said that a bus [the second one in 24hrs] was also set alight.

"POPS will remain in the area to monitor the situation," Capt Janse van Rensburg said.

"At this stage the reason for the protest is unclear.

"Police are warning the community that although they have the right to protest, they should do so within the ambit of the law and not cause damages to infrastructure and blocking the roads."

She said that they will appear in Gelvandale Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

"Motorists are advised to use alternative routes."

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