Sasolburg residents to resume with protests

Residents say demonstrations in Sasolburg have simply been halted until police stand down.

Residents say tensions in Sasolburg are still brewing and that demonstrations over the proposed merger of two municipalities have simply been halted. Picture: iWitness/twitter

SASOLBURG - Zamdela residents on Friday said they were waiting for police to retreat from Sasolburg before they could continue with their protests.

The township has been home to violent demonstrations that have left shops out of business, after residents looted and torched them.

Residents, who also set cars and a municipal building alight, are angry over the proposed merger of the Metsimaholo and Ngwathe municipalities.

They believe Free State Premier Ace Magashule will distribute the majority of funds assigned to service delivery to Ngwathe, the municipality that falls under his hometown - Parys.

Zamdela resident Mostiye Ntiso told Eyewitness News tensions were still brewing, but said a heavy presence of police in the area was preventing the strike from continuing.

"The strike has not ended. We're simply laying low until police leave the area."

Meanwhile, spaza shop owner Doctor Silunda has spent two days rebuilding his stall, after it was torn to pieces and looted by angry protesters.

"He said it was not too long ago that he had to rebuild his shop after strong winds blew it away."

Police say teams from various provinces will stay in Sasolburg until they are certain stability has been restored to the area.