9 arrested at Mpumalanga water protest

2012-05-07 21:38

Johannesburg - Nine people were arrested during a service delivery protest in Lilydale in the Bushbuckridge municipality on Monday, Mpumalanga police said.

"At 06:00 residents... went on the rampage. They burnt municipal offices and a Caterpillar grader," said Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi.

The residents were demonstrating their dissatisfaction over municipal water in the area which was unfit for consumption.

Hlathi said the situation remained tense and police would continue to monitor the area.

The nine people arrested would appear soon in Bushbuckridge Magistrate's Court on charges of public violence and arson.

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