UITENHAGE – Community members claim police used live ammunition to disperse protesters on Thursday.
At least one person has been taken to hospital with what’s believed to be gunshot wounds in both legs.
Angry at the shortage of houses in Uitenhage, hundreds of protesters took their frustrations to the streets, burning down the ANC councillor’s office, looting foreign-owned shops and attacking police officers.
Police retaliated with stun grenades and rubber bullets.
But the situation became so volatile, they pulled out, allowing only Nyalas into the area.
Many locals coming home from work were stranded.
The mayhem started when police tried to evict squatters who had erected shacks on municipal land.
An Eastern Cape High Court interdict allowed the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro to remove the illegal structures.
For now, the situation remains tense, with a heavy police presence in the area.
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Article source: http://www.enca.com/south-africa/cops-ready-act-uitenhage