Provincial Police Commissioner to meet the Westbury community

Calm has been restored in Westbury following a violent standoff between the police and community members.

The police used rubber bullets to disperse the crowd and stones were thrown at police.

According to EWN reporter Ahmed Kajee, the protests in the area started after a woman was shot dead and her niece was wounded in a shootout on Thursday - allegedly between rival gang members.

The community is demanding that corrupt officers who are colluding with the gangsters be removed from the force as well as drug lords.

Read: Westbury residents describe tensions in the area

The entire town of Westbury is more or less on shutdown.

Ahmed Kajee, EWN reporter

There is a massive police presence in and around the streets of Westbury...

Ahmed Kajee, EWN reporter

Saps spokesperson Captain Kay Makhubela says Provincial Police Commissioner Deliwe de Lange is currently engaging with the community and is hoping that an agreement will be reached.

Makhubela says with regards to complaints brought forward by the community, the commissioner has put together a team of police officers to deal with cases that have been opened already, as well as with gang members that are terrorising the community.

He says that the police had no choice but to use the rubber bullets in the morning because the community members were violent.

What surprised the police is when they started throwing stones and threw a petrol bomb to the Nyala which caught fire. Fortunately, we managed to put out the fire.

Captain Kay Makhubela, Saps spokesperson

They were so violent, indeed the police had no choice but to push back by using rubber bullets.

Captain Kay Makhubela, Saps spokesperson

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