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Sasolburg residents hail ‘protective’ cops

Sasolburg residents have praised the police for maintaining a strong presence in the area, after riots.

Sasolburg residents have praised the police for maintaining a strong presence in the area, after riots there in January 2013. Picture: Sebabatso Mosamo/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Sasolburg residents on Saturday praised the police for maintaining a strong presence in the area, following recent riots there.

Four people were killed during protests over the merger of the town with the Ngwathe Local Municipality, under which Parys falls, over a week ago.

More than 200 people were arrested for protest-related offenses, including public violence and theft, during demonstrations that threatened many businesses.

Protesters fear that when distributing local funds, Free State premier Ace Magashule will be bias towards his hometown Parys, leaving them without basic services and infrastructure.

Community member Lucky Malebo said although there had been rumours about revenge attacks, the funeral services of two locals took place off without incident.

"The police should be there to protect citizens and to protect property so … I was very happy with the way things turned out."