Man arrested for firing shots at protest

kagisoA man has been arrested after firing shots during a protest  in Kagiso, Krugersdorp, Gauteng police said.

He is accused of discharging a firearm and was taken into custody on Saturday after a protest erupted in the area, said Brigadier Sipho Ngubane.

Kagiso residents took to the streets over the weekend, demanding that mining activities in the area be stopped immediately.

“They were complaining that the mining activities in the area were damaging their houses.”

Most of the roads were still blocked with stones and burnt tyres, although Ngubane said the situation was calm on Monday morning.

He said on Sunday police fired rubber bullets to disperse protesters who were throwing stones.

“A municipal and a police vehicle were badly damaged by stones thrown by protesters.”

No one was arrested on Sunday.

Police would be deployed until the situation returned to normal, said Ngubane.

A meeting between the department of mineral resources and the mining company is scheduled for Tuesday.