Zamdela protesters appear in court

Twelve people implicated in last week's unrest in Sasolburg have appeared in court.

All that remains of a truck that was set alight by residents of the Zamdela Informal Settlement in Sasolburg on 21 January 2013. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN.

ZAMDELA - Twelve people implicated in last week's unrest in Sasolburg appeared in the local magistrate's court on Tuesday afternoon.

The suspects will return to the Free State court on March 14, together with another 34 protesters.

Residents took to the streets of Zamdela to express their anger over the proposed merger of the Metsimaholo and Ngwathe municipalities.

Locals went on a rampage after Premier Ace Magashule failed to address their concerns.

Four people were killed and several others injured during violent clashes with police.

Shops were looted and municipal property destroyed by the residents.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Richard Baloyi temporarily halted the proposed merger to quell tensions.