Cops injured in Sasolburg protest

2013-01-21 10:29

Sasolburg - Two police officers were injured on Monday during a protest by Zamdela township residents in Sasolburg, Free State police said.

"It is critical now in Zamdela. We have police officials injured and they are being attacked by the mob," said Constable Peter Kareli.

Residents, who were protesting against municipal demarcation plans, were throwing stones and had barricaded the road.

A police Nyala (armoured) vehicle had become stuck in mud and protesters had attacked the officers inside.

"Water cannons have been used and some rubber bullets. The helicopter is also firing rubber bullets," said Kareli. "The situation is volatile."

Municipal demarcation

The protests started on Sunday when residents came out of a meeting about municipal demarcation.

They were apparently unhappy about plans to merge Sasolburg into the Ngwathe local municipality, under which Parys falls.

Nearly 90 people were arrested and charged with public violence on Sunday when they ran amok and looted shops in the township.

"More people were arrested at around 03:00 this morning [Monday] as they continued to loot shops," Kareli said.

The total number of those arrested since Sunday had not yet been officially tallied, but it was estimated that almost 150 people had been taken into custody.

Those arrested on Sunday were expected to appear in the Sasolburg Magistrates' Court on Monday on charges of public violence.

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2013-01-21 12:36

    Are they still going ahead with municipal demarcations? Yes ! So was the protest necessary? No !

  • larry.hannigan.31 - 2013-01-21 12:40

    Who do you think pays for the damages caused by many of these protesters? Answer: Tax-Payers. Do you think the majority of these protesters are tax-payers? I think South Africa should pass a law that enables only registered tax-payers to vote. In this way government would be more careful in the decisions they make and the country as a whole would be uplifted. (In the mean time I'll wait for hell to freeze over...)

      yanga.maroloma - 2013-01-21 12:53

      Lame idea Larry, these people contribute to this country in one way or another. e.g. The farm workers dnt pay taxes, but they keep farms in business. Its beacuse of them that we have exports that contribute to our economy. Do away wth Box thinking.....

      armand.horn.58 - 2013-01-21 13:05

      Yanga. Start to think OUTSIDE the box. These people that don't pay any taxes and take more from the system by means of grants, free medicare, Policing etc. than what they contribute. And then now this damage and destruction that need to be fixed.

      yanga.maroloma - 2013-01-21 13:32

      @armand, yey wena sbhanxa listen! Iam not talking about contributing to the system here but to the country. Contributions to the economy, if the farms, the businesses and the private sector could fail the system would fail as well. These people keep the economy going by contributing to the private sector. The system milks these sectors, so we can say as well they milk these people. They may appear as unsignificant but they are vital to this country's well being. One doesn't neccessary has to be a lawyer to contribute to this country, the 14% of your salary is nothing compared to the % the system gain from this sectors that are depending on the labour of these people you dissing.

  • rob.bancroft.94 - 2013-01-21 12:55

    This will hopefully teach the anc not to always take the easy way out of their poor financial management by continually combining municipalities. Rather sort the cadre and poorly qualified employment tactics and wasteful spending and each municipality can handle their own affairs as in the old days.

  • ddmolakeng - 2013-01-21 13:07

    Why burn stuff,why break in into shops and take stuff that doesn't belong to the manicipality I think what these people are doing now is the stupidest thing I have ever seen,this is not called a mach its daylight robery and is it all with no..nobody is taking them serious the decision has been made its over

      moi.carla.1980 - 2013-01-21 13:39

      As if the destruction and robbery is not enough, all the primary schools and pre-schools in sasolburg were evacuated because they (strikers) decided to go march to the schools.....what do the children have to do with a municipal decision???

  • brasteve.myaluze - 2013-01-21 13:09

    Poor, helpless, unarmed, defenceless, innocent citizens who were exercising their constitutional right to protest peacefully and the cops started shooting. The kind of story you hear when cops retaliate

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