Ficksburg protesters to appear in court

2011-03-24 10:49

Twenty-nine protesters who were arrested in Ficksburg were due to appear in court today, Free State police said.

They were arrested on public violence charges, after residents burned and looted 12 shops belonging to foreign nationals on Tuesday night, Captain Phumelelo Dhlamini said.

The 29 are expected to appear in Ficksburg Magistrates Court.

The demonstration was believed to be in reaction to changes in the candidate lists for the local elections, from which preferred candidates’ names had been removed.

No one was injured during the protest.

Yesterday, Ficksburg businesses were advised to close as Meqheleng residents marched to the municipal offices in Ficksburg.

No property damage was reported.

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