Sasolburg 'looters' to remain in custody

More than 200 Sasolburg residents arrested this week and accused of theft will remain behind bars.

More than 200 Sasolburg residents arrested during riots this week and are accused of theft will remain behind bars. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

ZAMDELA - More than 200 people arrested for being in the possession of stolen goods following this week's riots Sasolburg will spend the weekend in custody.

The suspects were arrested after police allegedly found goods looted from businesses in Zamdela.

This after residents took to the streets on Sunday, angry over the proposed merger of two Free State municipalities.

They have concerns the merger of the Metsimaholo and Ngwathe municipalities may only benefit some areas.

Their families meanwhile maintain they have been wrongfully accused.

Isaac Nthathi, whose wife was arrested on Wednesday morning, claims she was locked up because people dumped stolen goods in their yard.

He said those who were responsible for acts of thievery were free and roaming the streets of Zamdela.

Nthathi is one of many residents who have not seen their relatives since their arrests.

Others are not sure if their relatives are injured in hospital or dead.

The suspects' bail hearings will be heard from Monday.

Meanwhile, although peace seems to have returned in Sasolburg, police on Friday said they had to deal with sporadic attempts to attack officers' homes in Amelia and Iraq last night.

REVENGE OVER SASOLBURG DEATHS PLOTTED

Residents in Zamdela have told Eyewitness News the death of Pule Thulo had shocked and angered fellow members of the community who are believed to be plotting revenge.

Thulo is one of four people killed during violent clashes in the township.

The Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) has said Thulo was killed during clashes with officers outside the local police station - and that it is investigating the circumstances around his death.

One man said Thulo's friends were furious with police.

"The residents of Sasolburg and Zamdela are not happy about the death of Pule Thulo, and some others are still planning to avenge his death."