Baloyi to address Sasolburg protesters

2013-01-22 12:41

Sasolburg - Residents of Sasolburg were flocking to the Moses Kotane Stadium in Zamdela in the Free State on Tuesday morning after violent protests in the area.

Minister of Co-operative Governance and Public Affairs Richard Baloyi was expected to address them.

Some carried umbrellas to shield themselves from the sun. A group inside the stadium sang and chanted struggle songs.

Children said they had been told not to go to school. Some said they had gone, but their teachers were not there.

Roads in the area were covered with burnt debris on Tuesday. A police helicopter hovered overhead to keep a watch on protesters.

Police said 187 people had been arrested since Sunday in the protests, which were apparently about plans to merge Sasolburg with the Ngwathe local municipality, under which Parys fell.

Constable Peter Kareli said no violence was reported on Monday night.

On Monday, protesters set two trucks alight and injured two police officers inside a Nyala (armoured) vehicle, which had became stuck in mud.

Water cannons and rubber bullets were used to disperse the crowd. Some residents barricaded roads and threw stones at police cars.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2013-01-22 12:57

    Guess what? He did not attend. So the riots and destruction continues. Just another case of how the ANC cares or ducks issues that affect the people of this country. Shame on you Richard Baloyi.

  • elkita.robbertse.96 - 2013-01-22 14:12

    Where is the hopeless president.I bet he is so scared of his own people.He made a mess of this country and now he hides.Come out and talk to the people you sissie.No guts??? We know that

      vuyanie - 2013-01-22 14:27

      mwahahahahaha so angry. I like angry people. You know what, you can't touch him. All you can do to him is tell your friends on moan24 and moan and moan and moan. Hope the moaning will make you feel better

      amber.rancic - 2013-01-22 15:24

      Yup, Vuyanie. And one day when he and his cronies have stolen the country bare, and you have to fork out a month's pay for a loaf of bread, you'll still be singing his praises eh?

      colin.shephard.125 - 2013-01-22 15:30

      True but at least it proves that that anc is incompetent and incapable of governing this country and that anybody that still supports them are mentally handicapped.

  • nhlapop - 2013-01-22 15:36

    I quess he didnt come and people went on to vandalise properties. Where is our helpless President, with empty promises. He was supposed to go and address this people about why they merged Sasol with Parys without consalting them. Guess what, hes busy planing Breakfast show with our tax money. He dont care.

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