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62 arrested in North West protest

2012-02-18 21:34

Johannesburg - Police arrested 62 people in connection with various crimes committed during protests in Bapong, North West, police said on Saturday.

Brigadier Thulani Ngubane said 28 people were arrested for public violence, two for being in possession of suspected stolen property and three for possession of dagga on Friday.

Other arrests included being in the country illegally and drinking in public as well as the unlawful sale of alcohol.

He said on Thursday protesters burnt down the local post office. No arrests were made.

On Wednesday protesters stole meat from a delivery truck.

Ngubane said R5000 worth of meat was stolen.

Another truck was set alight by protesting residents on Tuesday.

Ngubane said the protesters, mainly young people, were protesting about unemployment.

He said residents were concerned about unemployment and were reportedly angry with local companies, including Lonmin's platinum mine, claiming it had failed to create jobs for them.

The protests have been going on since August last year.

Comments
  • Roann - 2012-02-18 22:22

    Wrongful arrest of the 3 with possession of a plant

  • TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-19 03:52

    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday? And only then people are arrested? After four days of destruction? Some were foreigners? Some were drunk? Some were selling alcohol illegally? Arson, mayhem, theft, drunkenness and murder - the new Big 5 of South Africa.

  • Ben - 2012-02-19 04:42

    If those who make the rules think that ideology can feed the people, they are in for a surprise. These protests should not be allowed. If a worker is not satisfied with his remuneration, he should apply for a job where he can earn more. This type of action adversely affects productivity and the country is getting poorer by the day as people are appointed in jobs which they dont qualify for. Soon we wont be able to feed the voters and they will realise that the government is doing this all wrong and needs to be replaced. I am not against any political party or colour but I am all for common sense.

      Eric Schollar - 2012-02-19 07:05

      Read the article - these people were not protesting about low wages.

      Ben - 2012-02-19 07:16

      That was the original problem at the same mines.

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-02-19 09:31

    So typical, bloody savages

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