Protest arrests stretch Fouriesburg police

2012-03-13 21:11

Bloemfontein - A woman was killed and 110 people were arrested in Fouriesburg during public violence in the past two days, Free State police said on Tuesday.

Sergeant Majang Skalkie said 105 people were arrested during renewed protests on Tuesday. Most of those arrested had been looting shops in the local township. Five people were arrested on Monday.

Skalkie said that the Fouriesburg police station could not accommodate all 110 people and those arrested are being transferred to neighbouring police stations.

The body of a 42-year-old woman was found in one of the looted shops.

Police suspected she was trampled when fellow looters fled as police arrived on the scene.

A post mortem would be held to determine the cause of her death.

Residents also blocked the road between Fouriesburg and Bethlehem.

They were reportedly unhappy with a local municipality project, which was hiring workers from a neighbouring municipality.

Police were monitoring the situation, which they say is still tense.

  • Simnikiwe - 2012-03-13 21:20

    What's the point of those arrests?...We gonna strike again and demand that our comrades be released.

      Cracker - 2012-03-13 21:47

      No point. But at least have the common sense to direct your anger also at the REAL rubbish that has been keeping this country and its people in bondage for the last 17-18 years.

      Tanya Viljoen - 2012-03-14 01:49

      And what? Burn down the police station? Then you're gonna complain there's no crime fighting in your area?

  • Jacques - 2012-03-13 21:59

    looting shops does not make you a comrade... make you a thief with blood on your hands!

  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-03-13 22:40

    can we protest in peace,eish feel sorry for woman who died so her kids,because this thing is happing often@ and for my township i want to congratulate my manucipality for banning shacks 15yrs back i think lebowakgomo township situated 60km south of polokwane is only township in south africa without shacks,

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