Cops monitor protest-hit Zamdela following two deaths

2013-01-23 08:35

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Police continued to monitor Zamdela township, in Sasolburg in the Free State, this morning following the deaths of at least two people in protests.

Colonel Motantsi Makhele said there was a heavy police presence in the area, but the situation was under control and no violence was reported during the night.

“The only thing that remains is that some streets are still inaccessible,” he said.

Yesterday, a protester was shot dead at the Zamdela police station during a clash with police.

Earlier in the day, police said another protester was shot dead by a motorist after a group of protesters tried to block his way.

A Jacaranda radio journalist’s car was pelted with stones and a Sapa cameraman was threatened with a knife.

Makhele said he could not confirm a report in The New Age that three people had died. He did not know how many people had been injured.

Residents were protesting against the merger of the Matsimaholo municipality in Sasolburg with the Ngwathe municipality near Parys.

Co-operative Governance and Public Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi announced yesterday that the merger would no longer go ahead.

More than 200 people have been arrested for public violence during the protests, which started on Sunday.

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