Protest over service boils

BLOCKADE: Angry residents at Back Door in KaBokweni, outside Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, took to
the streets yesterday, burning tyres, demanding service delivery. Pic: Andrew Hlongwane. 22/09/2009. © Sowetan,
BLOCKADE: Angry residents at Back Door in KaBokweni, outside Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, took to the streets yesterday, burning tyres, demanding service delivery. Pic: Andrew Hlongwane. 22/09/2009. © Sowetan,

ANOTHER ugly service delivery protest erupted in Mpumalanga, resulting in the arrest of four people.

ANOTHER ugly service delivery protest erupted in Mpumalanga, resulting in the arrest of four people.

Yesterday residents of KaBokweni township outside Nelspruit blocked roads with burning tyres, demanding service delivery.

This is a day after residents of Simile, near Sabie in Lydenburg, protested, demanding that the Thaba Chweu council be dissolved, that the contract between the municipality and a company called Shining Stars, contracted to collect debt, be terminated and all their outstanding debts be scrapped.

But unlike in Simile, where a security guard was beaten to death and police forced to use rubber bullets to disperse the protesting crowd, KaBokweni protests were not marred by destruction of property.

Local police spokesperson Inspector Muzi Ngomane said they had arrested four protesters over public violence.

Ngomane said there were no serious incidents but the police and other law enforcement agencies would work throughout the night to ensure that the situation is under control.

The arrested people were expected to appear in the KaBokweni magistrate's court soon.

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