Phola 'at a standstill' after protest

2012-03-20 08:07
Mbombela - Protesters set alight a minibus belonging to a private company in Phola near Ogies in Mpumalanga on Tuesday, police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi said the protesters were on the streets and the situation was "very tense".

"The protest is not about service delivery, but employment at local coal mines."

Schools and health facilities in the community were closed for the second day.

"Everything is at a standstill."

On Monday night, roads were barricaded with rocks, burning tyres and metal, SABC radio news reported.

Motorists were urged to be cautious when using the N12 and other roads in the area.

Residents were upset because the local mine, Klipspruit Collery, was not employing locals.

Hlathi said he had heard there would be talks between the authorities and protesters on Tuesday.

At least 36 people had been arrested for public violence. Thirty of them were expected to appear in the Ogies Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

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