Situation calm in troubled Siyathemba Township

2010-02-10 10:15

It was “very, very quiet” in the Siyathemba township in Balfour this morning

after violent protests earlier in the week, Mpumalanga police said.

Sergeant Sam Tshabalala said the township calmed down at around

10pm last night.

“It is calm in the township and we have members on the ground

monitoring the situation,” said Tshabalala.

The police arrested 12 South African citizens, male and female, for

public violence last night.

“Some of them will also be linked to charges of malicious damage to

state property after they damaged a police vehicle,” said Tshabalala.

A foreign national was arrested for assault.

“It is alleged that he and a group of other foreign nationals

attacked members of the public, but we still have to investigate whether this

could be related to the violence.”

Tshabalala said there were no reports of injuries during the


Twenty two people were expected to appear in the Balfour

Magistrate’s Court today to face charges of public violence related to the


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