JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Dozens of black constables mutinied against their white commander today and were hit with gunfire and tear gas after they tried to run him down, authorities said.
Seven constables suffered minor injuries in the shootings at Sebokeng, a black township 35 miles south of Johannesburg, police said.
The incident began when about 60 members of the black municipal police force refused their white commander's order that they inspect their vehicles. The constables tried to run the commanding officer down in their cars, police said.
The constables fled in their vehicles but were confronted by a South African police unrest squad, police said.
The constables opened fire, and the police responded with tear gas and buckshot, the police statement said.
Seven constables suffered minor injuries and one police officer received a slight knife wound to his hand, the statement said.
Lt. Col. J. M. Labuschange, a police spokesman, said he did not know why the routine inspection order touched off the mutiny. He said an investigation was under way.