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More officers sent to Sasolburg

Police reinforcements have been deployed to the Zamdela township following violent protests.

Zio Cash & Carry in Sasolburg was looted by protesters on Monday 21 January 2013. Picture: iWitness/twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Police reinforcements have been deployed to the Zamdela township in Sasolburg after local officials battled to bring a protest under control.

Earlier on Monday, three police officers were injured and at least two trucks were torched as the Free State residents protested against municipal demarcation plans.

The violence erupted after plans emerged to combine Sasolburg with the Ngwathe Local Municipality.

Hundreds of angry locals have been protesting against the plan since Sunday.

Around 150 people were arrested for barricading roads, burning tyres and looting shops.

Police spokesperson Peter Kareli says more officers from different provinces were called to the scene.