Dozens held after Sasolburg protests

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IOL pic jan21 police tape sxc.hu Free State police have arrested nearly 90 people after protests that turned violent in Sasolburg this weekend.

Johannesburg - Nearly ninety people were arrested during protests in Sasolburg on Sunday, Free State police said.

Constable Peter Kareli said the protest began at around 9.30am, when residents came out of a meeting about municipal demarcation.

The residents were apparently unhappy about plans to merge Sasolburg into the Ngwathe Local Municipality, which Parys falls under.

Kareli said the group divided into three, and the crowds began barricading streets, burning tyres and throwing stones at police cars.

Police tried negotiating with the protesters, but to no avail.

Windows were broken and shops were looted.

Kareli said police arrested 48 people in possession of goods looted from the shops.

Another 39 people were arrested for public violence.

Those arrested would appear in court soon. - Sapa


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