Lillydale quiet after violent protests

2012-05-10 12:12

Bushbuckridge - Lillydale, in the Bushbuckridge municipality, was quiet on Thursday morning following the appearance of nine people in court for public violence, Mpumalanga police said.

"It is becoming quiet. Police will continue to monitor the situation," Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Hlathi said.

On Monday, protesters in Lillydale torched municipal offices and a grader. They were unhappy that the drinking water in the area had been found unfit for human consumption.

The nine people arrested appeared in the Bushbuckridge Magistrate's Court on Wednesday and were granted bail of R1000 each. The matter was postponed to May 31.

According to the 2012 Blue Drop Report, the water of 14 municipalities, including Bushbuckridge, did not meet government standards. Residents were advised to treat the water by boiling it or adding bleach before drinking it.

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  • elvis.sibuyi - 2012-05-10 12:41

    Bushbuckridge municipality are careless and they do as they please...hope juju wl be reinstated 2 help us out...corrupt bunch of people...nxaa..poor people of edinburgh B...

  • williewow.lekubs - 2012-05-10 13:31

    They now want to waste money with court case instead of installing water pipes to help this communities. Its disgusting to even here the Premier denying the knowledge that the whole of Bushbuckridge does'nt have water. This kind of protest are still going to happen the municipality must just brace themselves for more

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