Teenagers arrested after trying to revive Mpumalanga protests

2011-03-08 10:47

 After a brief lull, protests had flared up again in Mpumalanga, leading to the arrest of 13 people, police said today.

“There were violent service delivery protests at Embalenhle in Secunda yesterday,” said Captain Leonard Hlathi.

The groups, mostly teenagers and minors, barricaded sections of the area and then went to the KI Malaza School and tried to get pupils there to join them.

“The kids refused and most of the windows of the school were broken,” said Hlathi.

The 13 were arrested and might appear in court today.

Hlathi said that everything was now back to normal.

The province has borne the brunt of most of the “service delivery” protests over the past few years.

These protests have invariably been linked to frustration over delays in providing basic services and allegations that local government officials are unresponsive to residents’ complaints or corrupt.

During the last wave of protests in the province, people said that they were unhappy about candidate lists for the local government elections set for May 18.
Comment from a representative of the protesters was not immediately available.

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