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JMPD vehicle targeted during violent protest in Vlakfontein

Police said protesters were hurling rocks at passing cars and one Metro Police vehicle was hit by a bullet.

FILE: Police said no one was injured in the shooting. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Johannesburg Metro Police (JMPD) on Tuesday said one of their vehicles was shot at on Monday night during a violent protest in Vlakfontein, south of the city.

Another protest broke out in nearby Thembelihle, with the K43 road being blocked to traffic on Tuesday morning.

The JMPD's Wayne Minnaar said both protests had been brought under control and that the K43 and the golden highway had been cleared.

"The K43 is currently being cleared of debris and stones, as there were protesters throwing stones last night. However, the protesters have been pushed back."

He said protesters were hurling rocks at passing cars and one Metro Police vehicle was found to have been hit by a bullet.

"There were also shots fired, which includes a shot being fired at a Metro Police vehicle. Fortunately no one was injured."

Protesters last week blocked roads with burning tyres, stoned cars, threatened to burn down schools and allegedly petrol bombed a police station in Thembelihle.