Cops looted Sasolburg shops – residents

2013-01-23 15:19

Police looted shops during the violent protests in Zamdela, in Sasolburg, residents of the Free State town alleged.

“If I had a camera, I would have taken photos. They took stuff in one Chinese shop and the community followed,” said a security guard today at a municipal office.

“At Save Right [a local shop near the police station] they even advised us not to injure each other, and when the ATM was robbed, their van was nearby.”

The 32-year-old man claimed that Sasolburg police were also unhappy about the proposed merger of the Ngwathe and Metsimaholo local municipalities.

He said this was evident in yesterday’s shooting, in which two people died and others were wounded when police from other provinces were deployed.

“We protested on Sunday [and] no one was wounded or died; we did it again on Monday ... [there were] no injuries we heard about. So why are people being shot at when there is police from other provinces?”

Earlier in the week, police from Gauteng and Welkom were deployed in the area to help control the situation.

Twenty-three people have been arrested for being in possession of goods looted.

“Police conducted raids at houses following information that some stuff looted from the shops was in that area,” Colonel Motantsi Makhele said today.

“We confiscated stuff, mostly building material.”

The raid was conducted around 2am by various police units, including the National Intervention Unit.

The 23 would be charged with possession of stolen property.

Makhele said he was aware of the allegations that police were among the looters.

“People must come to the front if they have information,” he said.

“We welcome anyone who has information so that we can investigate this.”

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Prince George the green prince?

Prince Charles hopes his grandson's love of the outdoors will become a passion for the environment.



One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa
China's air pollution at doomsday levels
Keep food fresher for longer
Hurricanes, earthquakes and floods – What climate change really means for us

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

The pace may be slow today and you may struggle to get things off the ground level, but it is important to focus on the more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.