Fifty protesters arrested for public violence in Limpopo

2011-03-31 12:53

Fifty protesters were arrested in Burgersfort after allegedly blocking a road, and setting tyres and a car alight, Limpopo police said today.

They apparently began protesting this morning, demanding that they be employed at the Xstrata mine in the area, said Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto.

They blocked the main road between Stofberg and Burgersfort with stones and burning tyres.

A security vehicle belonging to the mine was set alight and totally burnt out.

Two police members were slightly injured when they were stoned by the protesters.

Otto said the group was arrested for public violence.

No further outbreaks of violence had been reported.

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