69 held for Eastern Cape protest

2013-02-13 13:15
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Johannesburg - Sixty-nine people arrested for public violence in Sterkspruit were expected to appear in court on Wednesday, Eastern Cape police said.

Brigadier Miranda Mills said 37 were arrested on Monday during a protest where roads were barricaded and stones thrown.

Another 32 were arrested on Tuesday as the protest continued.

The situation was under control and several public order police officers had been sent to the area.

"These members are conducting patrols and are strategically placed to enable them to swiftly react to any acts of violence.

"Our Constitution provides for peaceful protests and we call on the community to abide by the law, or risk been arrested."

The Dispatch Online reported that entrances to the town were barricaded with stones and logs on Monday, when residents marched through the streets.

They had expected Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi to address them, but he did not arrive.

The residents wanted Sterkspruit to be moved from the Senqu municipality and be a municipality on its own.

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