Zamdela horror: ‘You can’t say anything … they burn your home’

2013-01-25 00:00

“WE were scared, very scared. We just stayed at home and watched on the television what was happening,” said a resident of Zamdela yesterday about the three days of rioting that took place in the township near Sasolburg.

“The people just came; these children came and fought. They walked in the streets and put rocks on the road. We asked them why they were doing this,” said a woman who only gave her name as Celina.

They said: “We are fighting. We don’t want to walk to Parys to buy power. The water in Parys is dirty. Our water is clean. The municipalities must not merge.”

The violent rioting against the planned merger of the Metsimaholo (with Sasolburg as main town) and Ngwathe municipalities (with Parys as the main town) erupted in Zamdela on Sunday and then spread to Sasolburg.

“They burned the shops of people who do not stay in Zamdela. They took the food. The owners were not there.”

Celina and her family stayed in their house and watched the news.

“There were a lot of children here. When the police came, they ran around your home and also came inside. You can’t say anything, because then they burn your home.”

“Many were drunk. They did not listen when we spoke to them. We were very scared.”

Vanderbijlpark state hospital reported on Wednesday that 25 women had been raped, some more than once, during the rioting.

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