Quiet ahead of Sasolburg protest

2013-04-10 10:32
(File, Sapa)

(File, Sapa)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories


Sasolburg: violence & riots intensify

2013-01-22 14:23

Violence and riots have intensified in Sasolburg as residents of the Zamdela township protest municipal demarcations. Watch.WATCH

Sasolburg - The situation was quiet in the Zamdela township, near Sasolburg in the Free State, on Wednesday morning ahead of a planned march, police said.

"Everything is still calm at the moment. There are no reports of activity anywhere," Constable Peter Kareli said.

He said the residents, who were due to start marching at 10:00, were calling for Metsimaholo executive mayor Brutus Mahlaku to step down as they believed he was corrupt.

The march would start at the arts centre in Zamdela and move to the police station.

"They will be going to the Zamdela police station to open a case docket against the mayor for corruption."

The marchers would then move to the council offices in Sasolburg where a memorandum demanding Mahlaku step down would be handed over.

"From the police side we are ready."

Kareli said public order police from Welkom, Bloemfontein and Bethlehem were also called in.


He said the Municipal Demarcation Board (MDB) was holding a meeting in Sasolburg at 10:00 as well.

It was due to meet with the community and give an update on a proposed merger, in 2016, of the Matsimaholo municipality in Sasolburg with the Ngwathe municipality.

In January four people were killed, several injured and hundreds arrested during violent protests after the planned municipal demarcation was announced.

Several cars were set alight and government buildings damaged in Zamdela.

The merger was suspended following the violence.



- Are you there? Send us your photos.

Read more on:    bloemfontein  |  service delivery  |  protests  |  local government  |  corruption

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.