Northern areas anarchy

Tremaine van Aardt

PORT Elizabeth’s northern areas resembled a war zone yesterday as police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at groups of thugs looting shops, burning tyres and throwing rocks.

Spaza shop owners were under siege by thieving residents just waiting for the chance to grab goods and flee.

The widespread looting forced the evacuation of the shops’ foreign owners.

The drama began shortly after Booysen Park residents took to the streets at 11am for a second day to protest against crime.

The protest was hijacked by gangsters who used it as an excuse to loot and stoke violence.

Police spread out around Booysen Park, Timothy Valley, Windvogel, Cleary Park and Korsten and fired rubber bullets and stun grenades as the thugs ran amok, burning tyres and throwing rocks at them.

At least one person was injured.

Ten people were arrested and will appear in court today on charges of public violence.

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