Balfour protests die down

2009-07-23 10:12

Johannesburg - Balfour police said life had returned to normal on Thursday after a week of violent service delivery protests in this area of Mpumalanga.

"Everything is cool, calm and collected today. Everybody has gone back to work and there is nobody in the streets," said provincial spokesperson Captain Leonard Hlathi.

Police would stay in the predominantly agricultural area, about 70km east of Johannesburg, until they felt there was no chance of a resurgence of protests.


Meanwhile, another person was arrested on Wednesday in connection with an attempt to burn down a house being built for the mayor.

Hlathi said a crowd had descended on the mayor's parental home on Wednesday, threatening to burn it down. When police managed to keep them at bay, they marched to a site where the mayor's own house was under construction.

They set fire to a garage in the hope that the flames would bring down the newly installed roof, but police managed to intervene and put out the fire, said Hlathi.

In the process they arrested a man. He was expected to appear in court soon on charges similar to the 20 other people who had already appeared in court on an initial indictment of public violence.