Cops injured as protesters attack police Nyala in Sasolburg

2013-01-21 11:46

Two police officers have been injured during a protest by Zamdela township residents in Sasolburg, Free State.

“It is critical now in Zamdela. We have police officials injured and they are being attacked by the mob,” said the police’s Constable Peter Kareli.

Residents, who were protesting against municipal demarcation plans, were throwing stones and had barricaded the road.

A police Nyala (armoured) vehicle had become stuck in mud and protesters had attacked the officers inside.

“Water cannons have been used and some rubber bullets. The helicopter is also firing rubber bullets,” said Kareli. “The situation is volatile.”

The protests started yesterday when residents came out of a meeting about municipal demarcation.

They were apparently unhappy about plans to incorporate Sasolburg into the Ngwathe local municipality, under which Parys falls.

Nearly 90 people were arrested and charged with public violence yesterday when they ran amok and looted shops in the township.

“More people were arrested at around 3am this morning as they continued to loot shops,” Kareli said.

The total number of those arrested since yesterday had not yet been officially tallied, but it was estimated that almost 150 people had been taken into custody.

Those arrested yesterday were expected to appear in the Sasolburg Magistrates’ Court today on charges of public violence.

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