Vredefort residents appear for public violence

2012-05-03 18:23

Bloemfontein - Five people appeared in the Vredefort Magistrate's Court on charges of public violence after protests in the town, Free State police said on Thursday.

Colonel Thandi Mbambo said the five also faced charges of possession of suspected stolen property.

A group of 2 000 residents started protesting, blocking roads with burning tyres and stones in Mokwallo township on Tuesday.

Three foreign-owned shops were damaged by fire. The protests were sparked by electricity supply problems in the township. Mbambo said the situation was calmer since some power was restored to the town on Thursday.

Attempts to set alight a municipal building in Mokwallo earlier in the week failed, but protesters broke most of the windows.

Police were continuing to patrol Mokwallo.

Read more on:    bloemfontein

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
PARTNER CONTENT
How much food do you need to concentrate?

We have been taught that we need three meals a day in order to make it through the day and while most of us indulge in more than our fair share there is a large portion of South Africans who are living off barely enough to sustain them.

/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.