Police fire rubber bullets after man dies at Grand Parade

It’s understood an angry crowd reacted to police, who chased & attempted to arrest a suspected drug peddler at the city’s Grand Parade.

Metro police are pictured at the Grand Parade in Cape Town following unrest. Picture: Adela Gertse/iWitness

CAPE TOWN - Police are still at the Grand Parade where a suspected drug peddler has died.

He collapsed after he was chased and arrested by officers.

A crowd then reacted and police had to fire rubber bullets and use stun grenades to disperse the crowd.

A stall owner explains what she saw: “They just fired in the air. I was here, it’s right by me. It was just to disperse the crowd, not to injure anybody. Nobody was injured.”

Meanwhile, trading has been suspended as police investigate the death.

“Right now we can’t do anything and my stall is completely cordoned off. I can’t trade today as I have police in front of my store and next door. The whole square we’re in is cordoned off.”

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)