Police 'refuse' to help Sasolburg residents

Zamdela residents said police were refusing to help them find missing family members.

Protesters in Zamdela township in Sasolburg on 22 January 2013 had a stand off against the police. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Residents of the Zamdela township near Sasolburg on Saturday said police were refusing to help them find missing family members following this week's violent protests.

Four people were killed and dozens were still recovering in hospital following the riots.

Shops were looted, and cars and municipal buildings were set alight by angry demonstrators.

Locals were protesting against the planned incorporation of Sasolburg into another municipality.

Worried residents have accused police of making wrongful arrests and say officials are refusing to provide information about their missing relatives' whereabouts.

Community leader Lucky Malebo said, "We want to get a list of who is where, but they [police] don't come out to tell us. Why do they have to be secretive about who has been arrested?"

Meanwhile, over 200 people will appear in the Sasolburg Magistrate's Court on Monday for a range of charges, including possession of stolen goods.