The R67 outside the Bathurst Showgrounds is closed to traffic and a large contingent of police is on the scene as round 250 residents from Nolukhanyo township continue a protest that started early this morning.
Police Spokesperson Captain Mali Govender said local police had gone to the site shortly after 6am. Public Order Police from East London were brought when around 250 protesters started burning tyres around 8.15am, blocking traffic and demanding that the Mayor address them.
A Bathurst resident reported hearing bursts of gunshots earlier – “Eight or more, in bursts of two at a time,” the concerned resident told Grocott’s Mail. Grocott’s Mail awaits confirmation from police that this was related to the protest.
Ndlambe Mayor Phindile Faxi addressed residents shortly before 11am.
Grocott’s Mail will update this situation as more information becomes available.