Cops fire rubber bullets to disperse crowd gathering for food parcels

Cops fire rubber bullets to disperse crowd gathering for food parcels

- A crowd of around 300 people gathered to collect food parcels in Alexandra

- Due to a misunderstanding, the residents did not receive the food parcels, despite gathering on Monday and Tuesday

- Residents then gathered to discuss their frustrations on Tuesday and police officers fired rubber bullets to disperse the groups

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Police officers took no prisoners on Tuesday, as they fired rubber bullets to disperse a crowd in the township of Alexandra.

The unsavoury incident took place at Marlboro Gardens Secondary School after residents had gathered to discuss their frustrations regarding the delivery of food parcels.

Briefly.co.za learnt that a family decided to distribute some food parcels in the township on Saturday. but many residents were left empty-handed. They were allegedly told to return on Monday.

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Upon their return to the venue on Monday, they were left disappointed and under the impression the parcels would be delivered the next day.

Unfortunately, they were turned away again on Tuesday, as no food parcels had arrived.

SowetanLIVE reported that the residents went home, but returned in large groups to air their views on the matter.

At this point, the police officers then fired rubber bullets to disperse the crowd. According to them, the residents were in violation of the lockdown regulations.

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One frustrated resident, Bongani Maluleke, said:

"I don't know why they are shooting at us, we are peacefully waiting for food. We were told by our councillor to come receive food."

Ward councillor Lee Ibrahim denied that the food parcels had been promised to residents.

Ibrahim confirmed that the kind donors of Saturday's food parcels were contacted and informed to follow the correct channels to avoid confusion.

Previously, Briefly.co.za reported that residents from QwaQwa, Kestell and Harrismith took to the streets in protest over poor service delivery.

Protesters demanded a reliable water supply in the regions, with police using rubber bullets in retaliation to a situation that quickly escalated.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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