37 held for public violence

2011-03-18 19:03

Sasolburg - Police arrested 37 people on public violence charges after workers from a Sasolburg business apparently took part in an illegal gathering, police said on Friday.

Spokesperson Constable Sellwane Mapamela said police used teargas and rubber bullets to disperse a group of about 500 workers that had gathered illegally at the business.

"Their (labour) representatives had negotiations with management but they never reach an agreement."

Mapamela said police informed the group that the gathering was illegal and gave them reasonable time to disperse, but the workers refused.

During the police action members of the group ran towards Zamdela, while damaging property and disturbing pupils at a school.

They also threw stones at police and damaged police vehicles.

Mapamela said 37 people, five women and 32 men, were arrested and detained at the Sasolburg police station.

They face charges of public violence and malicious damage to property and would appear in the Sasolburg Magistrate's Court on Tuesday, next week.

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