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Shops ransacked in violent Olievenhoutbosch protests

6 March 2017 6:04 PM
One shop-owner who spoke to Eyewitness News, said he had lost more than a quarter of a million rand worth of stock

The service delivery protests in Olievenhoutbosch, Centurion turned violent on Monday afternoon and resulted in a tense standoff between police and residents.

Protesters used stones and tyres to blockade roads in the community, and at least three foreign-owned shops were looted, reports Pelane Phakgadi.

Residents are demanding that the local councillor Cedric Tsela be recalled with immediate effect over allegations of corrupt dealings in the RDP housing programme.

Tear gas and rubber bullets fired to try to disperse the angry crowd, Phakgadi explains.

Scores of residents have walked door-to-door demanding proof of residence from foreign nationals with RDP houses.

Mohammad Omar, a Somali national, says he lost R280 000 worth of stock after looters broke into his shop.

Take a listen to the EWN report:

6 March 2017 6:04 PM