Just woke up and listened to an interview with Gia Nicolades (a journalist who was on the scene yesterday) on 567 Cape Talk Radio (the Kieno Kammies
(see 06:55 am)
The 4000 protesters were armed with machetes, spears and firearms (pistols and shotguns).
There were 400 police officers.
The crowd gathered on a hill where the police and union leaders tried to negotiate with them to disarm from yesterday morning to the afternoon.
Apparently they suddenly charged the police when chaos erupted.
The police used various weapons, including live ammunition, although they claim they were fired upon first.
The journalist says it's difficult to say who fired first during the chaos, but the crowd only dispersed when police vehicles moved forward.
The Health Department says the death toll is now 25.
Nicolades said that apparently there is Aljazeera footage which shows the protestors using firearms.
On E News they said last night that one firearm used by the protestors had belonged to the one policeman who had been hacked to death earlier in the
That's what one hears so far, but there's likely to be more discussion in the the day, and probably a commission of enquiry.
The police minister Nathi Mthethwa was just on air and said it should have been a labor issue that never involved the police, but they had to disarm
the crowd yesterday.
Some Aljazeera reports and a good analysis of the confusing situation, with more links to the build-up throughout the week, although one doesn't see
the protestors charge clearly, and they did not want journalists close to them.
So I'm not sure this is the footage referred to by Nicolades:
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