Service delivery: Police open fire at protesting Phomolong residents

Stun grenades and rubber bullets were fired to disperse hundreds of protesting residents in Phomolong, Free State on Monday morning.

Police spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng said no one was injured when residents took to the streets to voice their displeasure at the slow pace of service delivery.

The protestors had tried to block block off the R70 road in an attempt to disrupt schooling, but the members of public order policing acted swiftly and stopped the protest from spreading to other parts of the township.

“Stun grenades, rubber bullets and teargas had to be used to disperse a group of residents who were attacking the police,” said Thakeng.

“No damages to property or injuries have been reported so far, and the police are monitoring the situation.”

It is reported that the residents later marched to the Phomolong satellite police station and demanded to speak to the provincial police commissioner, Lieutenant-General Baile Motswenyane.

Five people, two women and three men, have since been arrested for public violence.

“The situation remains tense but a huge number of public order policing members are on the ground [in an attempt] to control the unrest.”

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