Police to monitor Rietvallei following violent protests over land

On Monday, police clashed with residents after they attempted to occupy a piece of land.

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JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng police said they would maintain a strong presence in Rietvallei near Kagiso, on the West Rand, following a violent service delivery protest in the area.

On Monday, police clashed with residents after they attempted to occupy a piece of land.

Residents claim that they had been waiting for RDP houses for more than 20 years.

Police were called to the area after residents tried to invade a section of land.

When the officers arrived, residents broke into groups, throwing objects at the police vans.

Police responded, firing rubber bullets and using stun grenades.

In the process, a handfull of protesters were arrested as the police’s Kay Makhubela explained: “So far, we are continuously monitoring the situation and we will continue to make sure we restore order and calm.”

Six suspects arrested for public violence are expected to appear in court soon.

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