Randfontein protests simmer down

2015-02-05 09:23

Mohlakeng outside Randfontein was quiet during the night after a day of violent protests yesterday.

“The area is calm and all the roads have been opened for public use,” Gauteng police spokesperson Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng said today.

Yesterday, people barricaded the roads with tyres, trees and stones. They prevented children from going to school and commuters from going to work.

The protesters torched the library, economic hub, maternity clinic and home affairs offices as well as mayor Sylvia Thebenare’s house.

Police said the community had applied for permission to hold a peaceful service delivery protest yesterday between 9am and 4pm but they began their protests earlier than scheduled.

Gauteng’s co-operative governance and human settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo said the Economic Freedom Fighters were responsible for the protest.

The EFF denied this and blamed the African National Congress for the violence.

Today, Mofokeng said police were still keeping a close eye on the area.

“In the past 12 hours, no incident of looting or vandalism has been reported,” he said.

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