F State protesters set building alight

2012-04-30 20:17

Bloemfontein - Reddersburg's municipal building was set alight on Monday during renewed violence by residents of the nearby Matoporong, said Free State police.

They also threw stones at the municipal building, at the library and at a supermarket, said Sergeant Ikobeng Hlubi. The N6 in Reddersburg was closed because there were stones in the road.

Earlier, 48 people were arrested for public violence in Matoporong, he said.

The protesters were angry about an unsatisfactory response to a memorandum handed to the Kopanong local municipality three weeks ago.

Hlubi said the protesters were calm late on Monday morning and in the early afternoon, but that renewed violence broke out when it appeared that talks with the municipality had failed.

Free State Police MEC Butana Komphela was expected to visit the town late on Monday.

Hlubi said the police had opened two more cases of arson and sabotage.

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