Mpumalanga protest: Minors released

2012-06-01 18:16

Johannesburg - A number of minors - among 45 people arrested for public violence during a protest in Barberton - were released on Friday, Mpumalanga police said.

Sergeant Gerald Sedibe said that after the investigation, it was found that 18 of those arrested earlier in the day were minors.

Police used teargas when residents looted shops belonging to foreign nationals.

Roads were also barricaded with stones and burning tyres.

Protesters were demanding that the proposed Mpumalanga University, rumoured to be constructed in White River, be built in Barberton.

They believed this would alleviate unemployment in the area.

Those who remained in police custody would appear in the Barberton Magistrate's Court soon, Sedibe said.

  • Millos Mpofu - 2012-06-01 18:33

    The leaders of this protesters their don't know what they are doing.Now is the time to look serious issue as the community

  • Mnguni - 2012-06-01 19:15

    I feel for barberton residents' as they were pushed to toyi-toyi today but look the premier has spoken so be it ' don't waste your energy' white river is the place to be. But at least you are now going to appear on national TV ' good luck

      carol.sisi - 2012-06-01 23:29

      We should get a new primer!

  • yolanda.bezuidenhoutfraser - 2012-06-01 20:47

    There is a 3rd force behind this. People of town who is thinking with their ego instigated this and created the perception under the workless and poor. I'm very sad that they used children in their fight and that it resulted in those children being affected in a negative light. The culprits behind this unprotected strike action should be the 1st to be charged...

      Lacrimose - 2012-06-01 20:58

      People don't think what it means to put young people in such physical danger let alone what it does to their psyches to be caught up in violent acts. They end up seeing violence as the only way of solving problems - and could go on in their lives to do the same. To me, this is also child-abuse. The organisers and parents should get mandatory 200 hours of child-care education and the kids should have mandatory counseling.

  • Ditoa-re - 2012-06-01 22:30

    Lol to resolve this the government will build a mobile university, if the Barbeton residents toyitoyi will drive the university to baberton, if White river protest will drive the university to White river

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