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

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Millions of plastic particles in our food!

Scientists and researchers believe that almost five million tons of plastic is dumped in the oceans every year and it’s affecting our food.



Plastic on your plate
Prince George the green prince?
Lean, green, drifiting machine
One man's $1 million vision for an eco Africa

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Trying to keep time for your social commitments and friendships as well as taking care of work and health obligations can be more

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


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 network.


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.