Randfontein protests simmer down

2015-02-05 10:47
Violence and protests in Mohlakeng, outside Randfontein. (Étaín, Twitter)

Violence and protests in Mohlakeng, outside Randfontein. (Étaín, Twitter)

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Johannesburg - Mohlakeng outside Randfontein was quiet during the night after a day of violent protests, Gauteng police said on Thursday.

"The area is calm and all the roads have been opened for public use," said Captain Tsekiso Mofokeng.

On Wednesday, people barricaded the roads with tyres, trees and stones and prevented children from going to school and commuters from going to work.

They torched the library, economic hub, maternity clinic, home affairs offices as well as mayor Sylvia Thebenare's house.

Police said the community had applied for permission to hold a peaceful service delivery protest on Wednesday between 09:00 and 16:00 but they began their protests earlier than scheduled.

Gauteng's co-operative governance and human settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo said the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) were responsible for the protest.

The EFF denied this and blamed the African National Congress for the violence.

On Thursday, Mofokeng said police were still keeping a close eye on the area.

"In the past 12 hours, no incident of looting or vandalism has been reported," he said.

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