Free State protesters on the rampage

2012-08-16 12:01
A service delivery protest (Leon Sadiki, Volksblad)

A service delivery protest (Leon Sadiki, Volksblad)

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Bloemfontein - Protesters at Marquard and Moemaneng have set alight a vehicle and damaged another during protests, Free State police said on Thursday.

Captain Phumelelo Dhlamini said a group of people started to gather and block roads with stones and burning tyres at 19:00 on Wednesday.

During the protest, one person was injured and a municipal vehicle was damaged.

Dhlamini said the R708 between Clocolan and Marquard was also blocked with stones. A vehicle on this road was set alight by a group of people. Police urged all motorists to use alternative roads.

Dhlamini said police were monitoring the situation and that re-inforcements were on their way.

It was not immediate clear why the protest started, however residents have previously protested against a lack of water and other aspects of service delivery.

About 20 people were arrested in July for public violence and for looting foreign-owned shops in town and in the informal settlement after handing a memorandum to the Setsoto local municipality.
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