Man held in Mbombela delivery protest

Johannesburg - One man has been arrested during service delivery protests in Pienaar, in Mbombela, Mpumalanga police said on Monday.

"One Mozambican national was arrested on Sunday and will appear at the KaNyamazane Magistrate's Court on Tuesday on charges of public violence," said police spokesperson Brigadier Selvy Mohlala.

"The arrest comes after residents took to the streets regarding water shortages in the area and barricaded roads with stones and trees."

He said the situation was calm on Monday morning and vehicles were moving freely.

"Roads have been cleared and police continue to monitor the area."

Mohlala appealed to residents to protest in a peaceful manner.

"They should protest peacefully and it should be a protected protest. Residents should refrain from barricading roads because it can endanger the lives of motorists."

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