South Africa: rubber bullets fired by police officers as parents protesting outside a primary school

By Editorial Board - 18 August 2015 at 5:35 pm

On Tuesday, on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South African police officers fired rubber bullets are parents who were protesting outside a primary school wounding at least six, reported Reuters

The Gauteng Department of Education (GED) shut down the Roodepoort Primary School on Monday in an attempt to settle the unrest between feuding communities in the area. But a group of parents started to protest in order to re-open the school.

Upset and angry parents attempted to break into the school on Tuesday as well as blocking children from boarding buses that had been provided in order to take the children to alternative schools in the area. Eyewitness News (EWN) also reported that rubber bullets were used to disperse the crowds of parents.

A video provided on the EWN website shows policemen firing rubber bullets at the crowd and one man who is wounded lying on the floor.

Unrest has been increasing over the months in the area regarding the Roodepoort School as there have been probes into racism and corruption in the appointment of a black principal as well as her two deputies, Reuters wrote.

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