Protest arrests stretch Fouriesburg police

2012-03-13 21:11
Bloemfontein - A woman was killed and 110 people were arrested in Fouriesburg during public violence in the past two days, Free State police said on Tuesday.

Sergeant Majang Skalkie said 105 people were arrested during renewed protests on Tuesday. Most of those arrested had been looting shops in the local township. Five people were arrested on Monday.

Skalkie said that the Fouriesburg police station could not accommodate all 110 people and those arrested are being transferred to neighbouring police stations.

The body of a 42-year-old woman was found in one of the looted shops.

Police suspected she was trampled when fellow looters fled as police arrived on the scene.

A post mortem would be held to determine the cause of her death.

Residents also blocked the road between Fouriesburg and Bethlehem.

They were reportedly unhappy with a local municipality project, which was hiring workers from a neighbouring municipality.

Police were monitoring the situation, which they say is still tense.

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