Rubber bullets and teargas used to disperse residents in East London on election day
Police fired rubber bullets and used teargas to disperse residents that were burning tyres and protesting in the streets of Cambridge in East London during voting day today.
The protesters also lobbed stones at a reporter.
A small police contingent moved in to control the group. Several people were arrested.
Residents said they wanted ANC member Mbulelo Vula as their councillor, and not the candidate they had been given by the ANC.
“We want someone who knows our problems – the one we have received is from Amalinda. We don’t know him,” said resident Ayanda Beda.
Another woman said her grandmother was arrested as she was trying to vote.
Nozuko Mgaguli said she had just come back from the police station after giving her frail grandmother warm clothes. “I don’t know what to do. She has asthma. We told the police she is sick,” she said.
Mgaguli said she did not have money to bail out her grandmother.