The alleged firing of nurses at a local clinic and a fight for jobs at a new mall led to violence overnight that claimed one officer’s life.
Update: 9.30am, 29 June 2016: Police have launches a manhunt for the four men who killed one officer and disarmed two others last night.
Update: 8.20am, 29 June 2016: The DA councillor in Diepsloot, Refilwe Mathebula, has attributed the disturbances in Diepsloot to the alleged firing of nurses in local clinics and the fight for jobs at the new mall, which is currently under construction.
The Douglasdale Community Police Forum, as well as Radio 702, confirmed that at least one police officer was killed during the violence that erupted last night, and another was wounded. Douglasdale CPF stated on their Facebook page that both of the police officers’ firearms were taken during the commotion.
Update: 6.44am, 29 June 2016:
The R511 is open to traffic and the situation in Diepsloot is calm this morning following protest action in the township last night, Fairways review reported has reported.
It is still unclear what caused the protest action but updates will follow as information comes to light.
11.09pm, 28 June 2016:
The riots started on the evening of 28 June.
The Douglasdale Community Police Forum has confirmed that Diepsloot is currently the scene of public unrest. Forum chairperson Jean Berdou has urged community members to avoid the area.
“Traffic is being diverted. Please do not travel into the area whatsoever,” he said.
Berdou said live ammunition was being fired and police reinforcements were being sent to the Diepsloot area. Berdou said he had received reports of looting within Diepsloot Mall.
Metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar confirmed that protests were violent.
“Residents are throwing stones and burning tyres,” he said.
Minnaar also urged motorists to avoid the R511, but said the N1 was currently safe.
Reports of a police officer being shot were unconfirmed by Minnaar and Berdou.
The R511, N14 and R114 have been affected by the protest.
At this stage it remains unclear what residents were protesting about.