25 held for violent Mpuma protest

2012-05-17 17:48

Johannesburg - Twenty-five people were arrested on Thursday when a protest turned violent in Selobelo township near Carolina, Mpumalanga police said.

Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi said the protest started on Thursday morning and the people arrested were mostly school children.

"Six police officers were injured when protesters pelted them with stones as they were trying to defuse the situation."

A municipal office and a library were set alight and partially burned down. Residents were protesting about service delivery in the area, Hlathi said.

"Three police vehicles and six water tankers were also damaged, while four foreign nationals' shops were looted."

The 25 were expected to appear in the Carolina Magistrate's Court on Friday on charges of public violence and possession of stolen property.

  • Peter - 2012-05-17 17:59

    Serive delivery, well done ANC you've out performed your self yet again. "people arrested were mostly school children" looks like your attempt to keep them uneducated is back firing since they are tired of your rubbish too

  • Warwick Bristow - 2012-05-17 18:05

    Our kids are growing up to see that violent protesting is a normal part of our society. It is so wrong.

      Lacrimose - 2012-05-17 18:54

      At least 5 generations have grown up seeing that violent protesting is a normal part of our society. Somehow the full meaning - which includes responsibilities as well as rights - of a democratic society has failed to be communicated or is grossly misunderstood.

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