Uitenhage protest leader warns of retaliation against police

A LEADER of the Uitenhage protests yesterday warned that should police continue to fire rubber bullets at protesters, they would attack policemen who lived in their communities.

Police fired rubber bullets to disperse protesters who were barricading roads, burning tyres and throwing stones at the police on Monday night.

The residents are lashing out at what they say is the slow pace of housing delivery from the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality. Violence in the town's western areas erupted last Wednesday when residents marched to the town hall to hand over a petition demanding land to build shacks while they wait for RDP houses.

Since Wednesday four houses and one tavern have been burnt. Last week two councillors' homes were torched.

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