Four held after violent protest

FOUR residents of Seretsi township were arrested after protest action related to service delivery in Boshoff.

FOUR residents of Seretsi township were arrested after protest action related to service delivery in Boshoff.

Police spokesperson Captain Rulene Kuhn said protesters began throwing stones in the township about 8pm on Wednesday and police were called in.

"The situation returned to calm after the reinforcements arrived and it started to rain."

Kuhn said the four residents were arrested yesterday morning on charges of public violence. A legal protest march to the municipality was held, which went without incident.

It was reported that residents were not happy with local mayor Boiki Obotseng who failed to address earlier grievances, and called for his resignation.

Obotseng, the municipality's chief financial officer Kevin Khoabane, and municipal manager Sono Mofokeng, were appearing yesterday in Bloemfontein before the Free State's oversight committee on public funds.

The three men received a sharp rebuke from the municipality for the state of the municipality's financial situation. - Sapa

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