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Police monitor Kagiso

Kagiso was gripped by a service delivery protest on Tuesday which saw at least four people injured.

Police clashed with residents from Kagiso in the West Rand during a service delivery protest on 31 July, 2012. Picture: Chirsta Van der Walt/Eyewitness News
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JOHANNESBURG - Police will keep a close eye on parts of the West Rand on Wednesday, following a day of violent clashes and running battles with protestors. 

The situation in Kagiso was calm and Mogale City traffic police earlier limited access to parts of the area, but have since reopened all roads.

Kagiso was gripped by a service delivery protest on Tuesday, which saw at least four people injured.

It is alleged that one of the injured died in hospital. 

Residents first demanded traffic calming measures following the death of a child, but ended up venting their anger about a range of issues. 

Rubber bullets, pepper spray canisters, stun grenades and a water cannon were used to push back several hundred angry protestors.

But the resistance was fierce, with stones raining down from those hiding behind handmade shields or long grass.

As the day drew to an end, the skirmishes continued, insults flew and no agreements were reached.

Some residents said they regretted the violence, but had enough of living in such desperate poverty.

They said those who took to the streets were unlikely to stop until their voices were heard by government officials.

Community members demanded housing and basic services.

Fifteen people were arrested during the violent clashes and are expected to appear in the Krugersdorp Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, facing charges which included malicious damage to property.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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