SABC News - Tensions remain high in Sasolburg:Tuesday 22 January 2013

Tensions remain high in Sasolburg

Tuesday 22 January 2013 05:42


Tensions remain high in Zamdela, Sasolburg, as residents continue to barricade roads with burning tyres and stones.

Co-operative Governance Minister, Richard Baloyi, yesterday said it was regrettable that the residents had resorted to violence against a proposal to merge Metsimaholo and Ngwethe municipalities.

He visited the area following protests by residents which have led to the arrest of at least 150 people.

Violence has intensified in the area where residents have been burning and looting buildings and shops.

A delivery truck has been hijacked. The hijackers used it to try and break open an ATM at the local shopping centre.

Learning has also been affected in the township as children stayed away from schools for their own safety.  

The Congress of the People (COPE) earlier called on Free State Premier Ace Magashule and his government to listen to the wishes of the people of Sasolburg and stop taking unilateral decisions.

COPE MP, Dennis Bloom said that the situation demands immediate attention.

Click below for live interview with SABC reporter Njanji Chauke on latest in Sasolburg.

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