Services protesters in court

MORE than 100 rioters have been arrested since the start of service delivery protests in Mpumalanga four months ago.

On Friday, 35 of those arrested appeared in the White River magistrate's court. Their next appearance is on November 12.

The group was arrested near Hazyview after rioters burnt tyres along the main road last week.

Residents told Sowetan the Mbombela municipality had ignored their pleas.

"The roads are not fixed, we have no water and sanitation," said Edward Sibanyoni yesterday.

The protest was one of five that took place in Mpumalanga last week. Two people died in the protests.

Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza said that the rioters' anger was valid but asked them to "show their concerns in a way that is within the law".