Benoni fire sta­tion as­sailed

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OP­ER­A­TIONS at a Benoni fire sta­tion came to a stand­still yes­ter­day af­ter protest­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers dam­aged the build­ing, Ekurhu­leni Dis­as­ter and Emer­gency Man­age­ment Ser­vices said in a state­ment.

It said the in­ci­dent oc­curred at around 8.15am.

“Stones and var­i­ous as­sort­ments of ob­jects were used to break newly re­vamped ma­chine bay doors and of­fice win­dows,” the state­ment said.

The protesters came from Ac­tonville and were on their way to the cus­tomer care cen­tre in the Benoni city cen­tre. The ex­tent of the dam­age was still un­de­ter­mined.

Emer­gency op­er­a­tions had been sus­pended un­til the sit­u­a­tion was nor­malised. “Tem­po­rary ex­i­gency plans had been put in place in case of any even­tu­al­i­ties that might arise around the op­er­a­tional ju­ris­dic­tion,” the Dis­as­ter and Emer­gency Man­age­ment Ser­vices said.

Emer­gen­cies in the area would be at­tended to by sur­round­ing fire bri­gades such as Brak­pan, Far­rarmere and Boks­burg.

How­ever, ow­ing to the dis­tances to be trav­elled, re­sponse times would be longer.

“As per in­for­ma­tion re­ceived, Safety at Sport and Re­cre­ation Event Act 2 of 2010, the march wasn’t al­lowed, as all nec­es­sary re­quire­ments and pro­ce­dures were not met and fol­lowed.”

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