No serious incidents reported during Harrismith protest - Free State police

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Roads barricaded with burning tyres in Harrismith, Free State.
Roads barricaded with burning tyres in Harrismith, Free State.
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  • Police reported no major incidents during protest action in Harrismith.
  • Residents protested over service delivery, after they failed to receive any feedback from the government.
  • Police are maintaining a high visibility in the area.

Free State police said there were no serious incidents reported during the Harrismith service delivery protests this week.

According to police, the community of Harrismith-Intabazwe have been circulating messages via social media since Monday about continued protest action, which is in response to the government's failure to provide any feedback with regard to their issues.

In a statement on Friday, police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said the community had wanted feedback by last week Thursday, 3 June.

Makhele said community members had threatened that, if no feedback was received, no person would go to work or school and that businesses would be closed in the area.

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"On Thursday, members of the Public Order Policing were deployed to the area, along with the support of Tactical Response Teams, to monitor the situation."

Police and traffic were pelted with stones, while protesters tried to barricade the N3 highway, near Mountain View, with burning tyres. 

Police were on the scene to control the situation, in a bid to disperse protesters and push them back into Intabazwe."That continued until 22:00 when they finally retired. No arrests were made thus far," Makhele added.

On Friday, police said traffic was flowing normally on the N5 and N3, but they were maintaining high visibility in the area.

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