Medupi protesters arrested

Over 40 people have been arrested in connection with violent protests at the Medupi Power Station.

JOHANNESBURG - Limpopo police on Friday confirmed that 46 people were arrested at the Medupi Power Station following yet another violent protest.

The police's Hangwani Mulaudzi said the group was arrested on Thursday evening after demonstrators torched an Eskom vehicle.

He said a police vehicle was also damaged.

“Hardly a week goes by before we are called into that particular area. We also want to ensure the perpetrators of this violent protest are brought to book.”

Mulaudzi says no court date has been set.

“The suspects are expected to appear in court, but a date has not yet been set. They will be charged with public violence and malicious damage to property.”

Limpopo police will continue to monitor the situation.

The Medupi Power Station has in the spotlight over the past few months following violent wage protests.

In January, demonstrators stopped transport vehicles from accessing the construction site.

The first of six units at the plant have already been delayed by more than a year due to problems with boiler contracts.

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma earlier warned government will no longer tolerate violent protests.

He said while people have the right to voice their grievances, destroying property is illegal.

Municipal property has been destroyed throughout the country in recent months during violent protest action.