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#RichardsBayPortProtests: Caught in the violent protests? Here's what you should do

2017-05-10 09:18

DANGEROUS ORDEAL: Protesters in Richards Bay used a bulldozer to push over a police vehicle. Image: News24

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Protesters used front loaders to flip police vehicles and tear up roadside barriers at the Richards Bay Harbour on Tuesday. Watch.

Richards Bay -  On Tuesday, News24 reported on several angry protesters in Richards Bay who used heavy construction vehicle to obstruct routes in the town's harbour. The protesters were also filmed flipping over a police vehicle.  

According to a video,  supplied by Dylan Meyrick (IPSS medical rescue), construction vehicles can be seen heading towards a police contingent at the port. One police van is flipped onto its side and barriers along the side of a road are ripped up.

Given SA's volatile political climate, we'd like to keep motorists safe if they find themselves caught-up in protests on our roads. Here's a list of tips from the Automobile Association of South Africa on what to do during a protest:

What you should do: List by the AA

  • Stay in your vehicle as long as possible. Make sure your windows are closed and doors locked
  • Unbuckle your seatbelt, and those of any passengers, to be prepared to exit your car quickly.
  • Keep your car moving as much as possible, whilst checking for possible escape routes.
  • Do not harm any protesters with your vehicle as this may turn the mob against you.
  • Do not taunt the protesters by shouting, gesticulating or hooting at them.
  • Remain as calm as possible to ensure you are aware of what is going on around you.
  • Seek assistance or safety from the police as quickly as you can. If you do not see the police, call them.
  • Obey police instructions.
  • Leave your car only if the situation becomes life-threatening and get out of the area on foot. Your life is more valuable than your possessions.
  • Once you are safe (with or without your vehicle) contact family or friends to let them know where you are, and what is happening.

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