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East London City Hall set alight

It’s understood a group of about 300 people stormed the building and petrol bombed a room.

Police attempt to control a violent crowd of striking Samwu workers outside the East London City Hall. Protestors allegedly petrol bombed the building, setting it alight. Picture: Daily Dispatch via Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG -Eastern Cape police have come under siege from protesters who've set fire to the East London City Hall.

It's understood a group of about 300 people stormed the building this afternoon and allegedly petrol bombed one of the council chambers.

The protest is part of a wage strike by the South African Municipal Workers' Union which has lasted four days.

The police's Stephen Marais says attempts to stop the crowd failed.

"The police tried to negotiate with the people but negotiations fell on deaf ears. That is when we started with the shield, pushing the people away. We started using pepper spray and that didn't help. Police got stoned."

Marais says police then used rubber bullets, stun grenades and water cannons to push the crowd back.

East London City Hall petrol bombed during #Samwu's 14th cheque protest. #CityHall pic.twitter.com/yQHuzHAdBy

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