Marquard protesters arrested

2012-07-18 16:49

Bloemfontein - Police have arrested 21 people for public violence and looting during two days of protests in Marquard, in the Free State.

Constable Maseleka Langa said the situation was calm on Wednesday.

He said foreign-owned shops had been looted in town and in the informal settlement since Monday night.

Residents handed a memorandum to the Setsoto local municipality with their service delivery complaints on Tuesday. The crowd, on returning to their residences, started looting foreign-owned shops in town.

Langa said those arrested would be charged with public violence.

Police would continue to monitor the situation in town.