Zamdela residents hunt for missing family

Residents in the Sasolburg township have begun panicking as their search for missing relatives intensifies.

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

ZAMDELA - Frustration appears to be growing in the Zamdela township, Sasolburg on Monday after some families spent the entire weekend searching for relatives who went missing after the violent protests.

Police also came under fire from locals who claim officers were doing nothing to help residents.

More than 200 people were due to appear in court this week after they were found with goods that were believed to have been looted.

According to police, four people were killed in violent protests last week when residents demonstrated against the merger of two local municipalities.

But Lucky Malebo who led the protests said, "It is possible that those relatives may have been killed during the violence, but there is still hope that they might appear in court."