Police disperse Free State protesters

2011-12-08 19:50

Bloemfontein - Police used rubber bullets and teargas to break up a service delivery protest near Petrusburg on Thursday, Free State police said.

Captain Rulene Kuhn said 19 people were arrested for public violence and would appear in the local magistrate’s court soon.

Protesters threw petrol bombs at two houses belonging to local policemen. No serious damage was caused and no one was injured.

About 1 000 residents of Bolokanang township at Petrusburg used burning tyres to block the N8 road between Kimberley and Bloemfontein at 04:00 on Thursday. They threw stones at passing vehicles.

The protesting residents demanded a response to a memorandum of grievance they delivered to the Letsameng Municipality two weeks ago.

Their complaints centred around the provision of water and sanitation.

Kuhn said the police public order unit was keeping watch.

Last week, nine people were arrested on public violence charges during similar protests.

  • Lynn - 2011-12-08 20:28

    Amazing. They voted for this government and now they want to protest and burn things down.

  • braamc - 2011-12-08 20:33

    You voted for the thieving corrupt rubbish, no sympathy, burn, shoot, kill, whatever. Service delivery, haha, the only delivery they take is the delivery of a new Benz.

  • emile.eley - 2011-12-08 22:34

    Service delivery my ass. This is wanton criminality.

  • John - 2012-01-14 20:04

    Art, I can't recall any party with 1000 votes less when ANC become ruling party. Becouse DA didnt had their votes ... now Bolokanang township must die? Is that what you are refering to? Bolokanang is in South Africa and you can't get respect if you not showing it. Just becouse "someone" demanded water and sanitation. Hello Modern South Africa....I want Juju to make speech there

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