JOHANNESBURG – Residents in Krugersdorp shut down the town on Monday, barricading roads with burning tyres and rocks in protest against crime, human trafficking and drugs.
Police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades at a crowd of people who threatened to march into town.
Community members are now throwing rocks at police.
@MbalulaFikile please help with the situation in krugersdorp with drugs and prostitution. Also seems like young woman who go missing in Kagiso and other neighbouring places end up at those drug houses.#kagisoIsBurning pic.twitter.com/oQvnwGans1— Tumelo (@The_ElementalDJ) January 22, 2018
Messages circulated at the weekend urged residents to stay away from school and work on Monday.
“Let’s unite and reclaim our city from crime, drugs and human trafficking,” read a poster.
According to one resident, residents of Kagiso and Munsieville were marching to the Krugersdorp CBD.
They are accusing foreign nationals in the area of selling drugs and abducting a child.
“There is a traffic standstill in Kagiso, Munsieville and Krugersdorp as cars are not allowed to go in or out,” said the resident.
“Every main road in the area has been blockaded.
“Taxi drivers have also joined the march.”
Gauteng police spokesperson Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said three police vehicles have been pelted with rocks.
The satellite police station in Munsieville had been set on fire.
Hiding faces for my safety.... Munsieville Police station on fire pic.twitter.com/bk6rcA7BKF— MOGALE CITY SHUT DOWN (@Sibusis29341052) January 22, 2018
Munsieville Police station burnt pic.twitter.com/4wiBv0PJIF— MOGALE CITY SHUT DOWN (@Sibusis29341052) January 22, 2018
So far no injuries or arrests have been reported.
Community members here say police are not doing enough to eradicate drugs in their community, claiming police get money from drug dealers. pic.twitter.com/SmTQ9q9MF1— Lirandzu Themba (@LirandzuThemba) January 22, 2018