Mpumalanga MEC welcomes protest arrests

2013-05-14 14:24
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Johannesburg - Mpumalanga Community Safety MEC Vusi Shongwe has welcomed the arrest of 23 people for public violence, during service delivery protests in Thandukukhanya township in Piet Retief, the department said on Tuesday.

"Every citizen has a right to protest when there is no service delivery, but it is a crime when people damage properties or violate other people’s rights during these protests," he said in a statement.

The protests started on Sunday morning and continued on Monday.

Three police cars and councillors' houses were torched, department spokesperson Joseph Mabuza said in the statement.

Shops belonging to foreign nationals were looted and roads were barricaded.

The protests had eased by Tuesday but some roads were still barricaded.

Shongwe urged community leaders to be the "middle-men" between government and the community and prevent further violence.

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