UPDATE: Housing protest turns volatile on R67

Live rounds were shot at SAPS this morning when angry protesters increased aggression levels at the 43 Air School turn off.

Police spokeswoman, Captain Mali Govender, confirmed that the situation was volatile.

SAPS from Port Alfred and Alexandria barricaded the entrance between Bathurst Street and the R67 refusing any entrance. A hundred meters further, more SAPS, along with private security, and the Fire Department stood on standby. An unnamed policeman reported that the protesters  were hiding in the bush, camouflaging in the shadow of “dips” in the road, waiting to ambush any one who went pass.

Although no one was allowed near the scene, SAPS members said that there was a big crowd of angry protesters, and then smaller groups of people scattered around.

Stones and debris are being thrown at police, with two policemen, captain Jacques Barkhuizen and Sergeant Nillah Fayyaadh injured and taken to Port Alfred Hospital.

Public order police are on the scene and equipped to deal with violent protests.

BREAKING: Planned protest to close R67 on Wednesday

SAPS members said they are positive they will keep the situation maintained and isolated to the area. Mooifontein access remains open as well as the main farm road running through Shaw Park for alternative routes.

See tomorrows TotT for full story.

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