South Africa 24.4.2015 11:32 am

Mbekweni protesters torch Metrorail ticket office

FILE PICTURE: Police force participants in an illegal march against poor service delivery on to a train. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

FILE PICTURE: Police force participants in an illegal march against poor service delivery on to a train. Picture: Nardus Engelbrecht/SAPA

Police on Friday confirmed a service delivery-related protest in which a Metrorail ticket office was set on fire in Mbekweni in Paarl outside of Cape Town.

“Last night, at about 19:30, police took action to defuse a riotous situation in Mbekweni when protesters set the ticket office at the railway station alight,” said Western Cape police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Andre Traut.

Traut said the protestors also threw stones at vehicles passing by during, what he termed, “an apparent service delivery-related matter”.

“The circumstances surrounding the public violence are being investigated,” said Traut.

Arrests had not yet been made but police had calmed the situation.

 

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