Mpumalanga protesters out on bail

2013-05-15 18:16

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Johannesburg - Twenty-eight protesters were released on bail of R500 each by the Piet Retief Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, Mpumalanga police said.

They were arrested on Tuesday on charges of public violence during service delivery protests in Thandukukhanya Township, said police spokesperson Leonard Hlathi.

Seven minors were part of the group.

On Monday, 19 protesters arrested on Sunday and Monday appeared in court and were granted bail of R500 each.

A number of houses belonging to councillors were burnt, the windows of three police cars were damaged, and two private cars and two shops belonging to foreigners were set alight during the protests, Hlathi said.

The protests started on Sunday morning and roads were barricaded.

"The situation was volatile from Sunday until Tuesday morning. It has been quiet since 10:00 [yesterday]," Hlathi said.

On Tuesday, Mpumalanga Community Safety MEC Vusi Shongwe welcomed the arrests.

He urged community leaders to be the "middle-men" between government and the community, to prevent further violence.

All 37 protesters will appear in court again on 29 May.

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