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Truck torched by protesting residents near George Goch

It’s understood the protest was sparked by the incorporation of their hostels into a different ward.

Hostel residents in Jeppe and Denver near George Goch set a truck alight on 2 March 2016. Picture: @crimeairnetwork via Twitter.
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Local Elections

JOHANNESBURG - Johannesburg Metro Police say hostel residents in Jeppe and Denver near George Goch have set a truck alight during an early morning protest.

Hundreds of protesters set alight two vehicles at George Goch hostel in the Joburg CBD during an early morning demonstration. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

They say the protest was sparked by the incorporation of the hostels into a different ward, ahead of the local government elections.

The residents have been blocking Main Reef Road with passing motorists also being pelted with stones.

Hundreds of protesters set alight two vehicles at George Goch hostel in the Joburg CBD during an early morning demonstration. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

Police have confirmed rubber bullets have been used to disperse the crowd.

JMPD Spokesperson Edna Mamonyane said, “Metro police and police had to blockade the roads so that no traffic would move through that area. At this stage, Saps and the Joburg Metro Police are on scene. We used rubber bullets to disperse the crowds so we have our hands full.”

Images: Vumani Mkhize/EWN
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(Edited by Shimoney Regter)

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