One wounded as PE school protest turns violent

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One person has been wounded after been shot by a rubber bullet as protesting parents and school children blockaded roads in Helenvale, Port Elizabeth.

PORT ELIZABETH – One person has been wounded after been shot by a rubber bullet as protesting parents and school children blockaded roads in Helenvale, Port Elizabeth.

eNCA&39;s reporter on the scene Sandy McCowen said: “One person was hit by a rubber bullet and rushed by other protestors to the nearest hospital."

Parents and school children in the Northern Areas are protesting over the shortage of teachers and lack of infrastructure in schools.

The Northern Areas in PE include Booysens Park, Jacksonville and Helenvale.

“There are hundreds of people blocking Stanford Street, in Helenvale, and there is heavy police presence," said McCowen.

Police used rubber bullets, teargas and water cannons against protesters.

“We can confirm that police are on the scene and are using teargas, water cannons, and rubber bullets to disperse crowds of protestors,” SAPS spokesperson Miranda Mills said.

Thousands of people are expected to be protesting throughout the Northern Areas in Port Elizabeth.

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