Fouriesburg quiet after violent protests

2012-03-14 13:17
Bloemfontein - Fouriesburg was quiet on Wednesday morning after violent protests erupted earlier in the week, Free State police said.

"Nothing was reported since yesterday [Tuesday] but we will continue monitoring the area until we are satisfied that protests won't start again," Sergeant Majang Skalkie said.

A woman was killed and 110 people were arrested after public violence in Fouriesburg on Monday and Tuesday. Most of those arrested had been looting shops.

"The 110 people that were arrested will appear in the Fouriesburg Magistrate's Court tomorrow [Thursday] on charges of public violence."

Skalkie said the body of a 42-year-old woman was found in one of the looted shops. Police suspected she was trampled when looters fled as police arrived on the scene. A post mortem would be held to determine the cause of her death.

Residents blocked the road between Fouriesburg and Bethlehem during the protest. They were reportedly unhappy with a local municipality project, for which workers from a neighbouring municipality were employed.

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