Police on high alert in Wesselton

2011-02-17 07:24

Police maintained a high visibility in the township of Wesselton in Ermelo, Mpumalanga, today, the scene of violent protests this week.

The township was tense but calm, and taxis were able to transport people to work, while others were walking to town.

Schools in the township were still locked by 7am, but children attending schools in town were seen boarding taxis.

“Parents feel it is not safe for kids to go to school when they are not sure of what will happen later in the day,” said resident John Mbamo.

A police water cannon was refilling water in anticipation of more protests.

Police spokesman Captain Leonard Hlathi said some of the people arrested for public violence were expected to appear in the Ermelo Magistrate’s Court today.

“Some of them appeared yesterday and the rest were expected to appear today,” said Hlathi.

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