Arrests after ANC marshals block N8

2012-01-05 18:23

Seven people were arrested when approximately 200 angry ANC members burnt tires and blocked the N8 at Botshabelo, outside Bloemfontein.

According to residents the protesters were upset because they were awaiting transport to Bloemfontein that never pitched up.

The protesters were supposed to be accredited today to work as marshals during the ANC’s centenary celebrations. They took the streets when their transport did not arrive.

Police spokesperson Vish Naidoo said the police had to intervene because the protesters were disrupting traffic on the N8. He said they dispersed the crowd and arrested seven people. Three of them were later released.

Hours after the incident, William Bulwane, ANC spokesperson in the Free State, said they were not aware of it. He said it was sad that marshals who were supposed to maintain discipline and control among the crowds during the celebrations “act like that”.

Naidoo said no one was injured.

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