Alex Mitchley
5 minute read
6 Oct 2014
9:27 am

Update: Katrada Park violent protest rages (video)

Alex Mitchley

A battle of rubber bullets and stones has been exchanged between police and protesters of Katrada Park, West of Johannesburg on Monday morning.

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1:30pm Ward councillor addresses protesters

Police dispersed a crowd of protesters with a stun grenade and rubber bullets after negotiations with a ward councillor proved fruitless.

Ward councillor Susan Stewart adressed a crowd of protesters from Katrada Park township who marched to the municipal offices in Claremont after destroying Newclare train station.

The protesters, who are angry about housing issues, did not listen to Stewart as she told them housing was not her mandate.

“I have sympathy. I understand why you are angry,” said Stewart.

“I am a councillor I am doing my job. I can’t build houses. It is not my mandate. My job is to liaise with the city. I am not the government.”

While Stewart spoke, angry protesters drowned her voice out with their demands.

As protesters grew increasingly restless, one of the protesters smacked Stewart as she walked away. Police put her in a nyala.

Shortly after this, police dispersed the crowd by firing a stun grenade and rubber bullets.

Police then began arresting protesters and drove around the community.

The situation remains tense.

 

1:25pm Crowd moves to municpal buildings

A large crowd of protesters from Katrada Park have moved to the municipal buildings in Claremont after destroying the Newclare train station.

A police officer tried to engage with protesters, but drew his firearm when they started hitting him.

Protesters fled but remain close to the municipal building. Protesters want to vandalise the building.

Earlier on Monday, protests started in the township, west of Johannesburg, and moved to neighbouring communities where a train station was vandalised and two people were shot.

One died at the scene. Stone-throwing protesters also clashed with police, who fired rubber bullets.

The residents are protesting for housing allegedly promised in 2002.

 

1pm Police fire rubber bullets, disperse crowd

Police dispersed a crowd of protesters with a stun grenade and rubber bullets after negotiations with a ward councillor proved fruitless.

Ward councillor Susan Stewart addressed a crowd of protesters from Katrada Park township who marched to the municipal offices in Claremont, after destroying Newclare train station.

The protesters, who wanted more housing provided, did not listen to Stewart as she told them housing was not her mandate.

“I have sympathy. I understand why you are angry,” said Stewart.

“I am a councillor I am doing my job. I can’t build houses. Not my mandate. My job is to liaise with the city. I am not the government.”

While Stewart spoke angry protesters drowned her voice out with their demands.

As protesters grew increasingly restless, one of the protesters smacked Stewart as she walked away. Police placed her in a Nyala for her safety.

Shortly afterwards police fired a stun grenade and shot rubber bullets, dispersing the crowd.

After the crowd was dispersed police began arresting alleged protesters and drove around the community monitoring the situation which is still deemed as being tense.

 

12pm Crowd wants to vandalise municipal building

A large crowd of protesters from Katrada Park has moved to the municipal buildings in Claremont after destroying the Newclare train station.

A police officer tried to engage with protesters, protesters hit the officer whereafter he drew is firearm.

Protesters fled but remain close to the municipal building.

Protesters say they want to vandalise the building.

Earlier on Monday protesting started in the township, West of Janhannesburg and moved to neighbouring communities where the train station was vandalised and two people were also shot. One died on the scene.

Protesters also clashed with police when rubber bullets and stones were shot and hurled at one another.

The residents are demanding housing, which they say was promised in 2002.

 

9:30am Man shot by police, residents claim

A Katrada Park resident has alleged that the man who was shot by police was not part of the protest.

He said they would proceed with the protest action until the Human Settlements MEC met with residents.

“What is going on is what you expected, we will not be intimated by the police, we lost our brother this morning because the police have an apartheid mindset.”

He alleges that the protesters were only singing.

However warrant officer Jerbes de Bruin says security guards shot the protester after they set Newclare train station alight.

The protest has ignited anger in residents from surrounding communities who say they are angry that the vandalism is taking place in their communities.

“They are coming over our borderline vandalising our houses and train station,” said one resident.

“They are making it a racist issue, we will retaliate.”

 

9:20am Rubber bullets fly

Police have fired a number of rubber bullets towards protesters who are hurling rocks back at them and a few Newclare Residents who have taken to hurling stones as well.

The residents of Katrada Park are protesting because of a lack of service delivery.

This however has ignited anger from residents from surrounding communities who angry that the vandalism is taking place in their communities.

“They are coming over our borderline vandalising our houses and train station,” said one resident.

“They are making it a racist issue, we will retaliate.”

Katrada Park is a traditionally black township in between the traditionally coloured communities of Newclare and Claremont.

 

9am: One resident shot

One resident has been shot dead during service delivery protests in Katrada park in Johannesburg West.

The protest started on Sunday evening as disgruntled residents began to block roads, vandalise houses, roads and the Newclare train station.

Security guards responded to the destruction at Newclare train station and shot and killed a protester according to Warrant Officer Jerbes De Bruin.

Residents from surrounding communities looking on said that the protesters were also stoning cars.

Police are in the area, but it has not deterred protesters who entered the station breaking windows and setting it alight as residents of Katrada park spurred them on.

Police have also started firing rubber bullets at protesters as they return with stones.

The situation is very tense.