Cops keep watch in 'stable' Sasolburg

2013-01-22 18:31
Sasolburg cops (Picture: AP)

Sasolburg cops (Picture: AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Police said on Tuesday that the situation in Zamdela, Sasolburg, is stable, after days of violent protests relating to a proposed municipality merger.

In the wake of the violence, co-operative Governance Minister Richard Baloyi took a decision to reverse the incorporation of the Sasolburg municipality into that of Parys in the Free State.

Baloyi said the issue of demarcation was misinterpreted by residents, and that a task team will be established to address the municipal demarcation issue.

Residents in the Zamdela area, reportedly upset at the proposed merger, had gone on the rampage, looting hardware shops, liquor stores and shops belonging to foreign nationals.

A police spokesperson said that the situation in Zamdela is stable for now, but all hot spots are still being monitored.

Police were, however, concerned about events in nearby Heilbron, where about 200 pople have gathered and caused disruptions in the Phiritona area.

According to reports, at least two shops and police vehicles have been damaged.

Meanwhile, a man was allegedly shot dead by a motorist in Zamdela, according to police.

Provincial commissioner Lieutenant General Khela Sithole said that according to the incidents reported, the community had obstructed a motorist while he was driving by.

"That citizen reacted by taking out a gun and shot at the ground; unfortunately one of the community members was wounded," Sithole said.

He later received the report that the man had died in hospital.

Police were investigating.

Earlier, protesters laid siege to the police station there, and later attempted to torch the premises.

"Rubber bullets were fired and water cannon were used to disperse the protesters," spokesperson Constable Lebohang Mareletsa said.

Radio station 702 reported that angry protesters are demanding an explanation from the police why the SAPS shot at protesters, injuring a number of them, "attacking" the Zamdela police station.

Police vehicles were damaged and windows at the police station smashed.

Beeld reported that at least five police officers' homes were burned down by protesters.
Read more on:    bloemfontein  |  protests
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
18 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!

Find out who and what South Africans were most curious about in 2014!

 
 

I love summer.24

This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem
The world's least visited destination is breathtaking!
LOL treadmill fail!
Google’s top searches of 2014

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be emotionally defensive or reserved today. You need to step up today as there may be extra responsibilities to deal with....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.