Protest results in chaos

Tyres were burned on the R518

SHONGOANE — On Thursday 7 December a group of residents took to the streets and barricaded the R518 between Shongoane 1 and 2 with burning tyres.
According to Lephalale SAPS Warrant Officer Frans Mokoena some unhappy residents complained of not getting jobs and the lack of basic services such as water after the road was blocked by them.
“More than 70 buses were stopped and prevented from to transport workers. The buses were damaged by protestors throwing stones. Police tried to speak to unhappy residents to understand their frustration and look at the way forward in dealing with their concerns. An argument ensued and in the end rubber bullets were fired to disperse the crowd,” Mokoena says.
Mokoena says two people sustained injuries allegedly from the rubber bullets and seven protestors were arrested on the same day. They appeared in Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on Friday 8 December and were denied bail.
An additional three people who turned themselves in at the SAPS, were further arrested on Monday and they received warnings to appear in court.
The now ten suspects appeared in Lephalale Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 13 December for public violence and malicious damage to property.
The R518 has been completely renovated and newly tarred earlier in 2017.

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