South African police said on Wednesday night (18 August) that at least eight blacks were killed in their gunfire in a renewed outburst of anti-government rioting in the resort city of Port Elizabeth.
South African police said on Wednesday night (18 August) that at least eight blacks were killed in their gunfire in a renewed outburst of anti-government rioting in the resort city of Port Elizabeth. They said a further 18 were injured.
SYNOPSIS: Rioters pelted police with rocks and bottles in three Port Elizabeth townships, overturned cars and gutted at least eight buildings. Police said the rioters were particularly hostile to white drivers but also stoned and burned vehicles driven by blacks. Port Elizabeth is the latest major city to be hit by current black unrest sweeping South Africa. So far, 217 people have been killed since the first violent clash between police and students in the Seweto township outside Johannesburg two months ago. The Port Elizabeth rioting started after a peaceful demonstration by about 400 students developed into a running battle with heavily-armed riot police. Black adults later joined the demonstration.
Student unrest had been simmering in Port Elizabeth for several days, only 48 hours before the riots, police dispersed about 500 high school pupils staging a sit down protest on their playing field.
The trouble really started when about 1,000 blacks marched on the main Port Elizabeth offices of the Bantu administration board. Police threw and armed cordon in front of the crowd and tried to disperse them with tear-gas. There was no official police comment about what followed but township sources, quoted by Reuters, said it was then that at least eight blacks were killed and 18 injured by police gun???i???.