Minister Baloyi addresses Zamdela chaos : Tuesday 22 January 2013

Minister Baloyi addresses Zamdela chaos

Tuesday 22 January 2013 14:18

SABC

Police helicopters have been seen flying over the area.(Noma Bolani)

Co-operative Governance Minister, Richard Baloyi has taken a decision to reverse the incorporation of the Sasolburg municipality into that of Parys in the Free State. 

This follows several days of violent protests in the area, specifically the Zamdela township area, where shops have been looted and cars burnt down by angry residents. 

Earlier today, the situation in the controversial township area spiraled out of control as the local police station was attacked. Protestors also tried to burn a police vehicle and government officials had to be brought to the scene in police Nyalas. 

Residents were protesting the incorporation of the Sasolburg municipality into that of Parys and yesterday went on the rampage in the area, looting hardware shops, liquor stores and shops belonging to foreign nationals. 

SABC radio reporter Noma Bolani, who is in the area, says that at one stage she was moved to the police station for her safety. Protestors however started attacking the police station itself, forcing the Zamdela police to call in reinforcements. 

Public Order Police were earlier firing rubber bullets and using water cannons in a bid to avoid further violence. Police helicopters have been seen flying over the area and one helicopter was used to fly in minister Baloyi. 

The police’s tactical response team is also on the ground in Sasolburg.  

Residents have indicated that they are happy with Baloyi’s decision that a task team is to be established to address the complex issue of the municipal demarcation. 

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