Botleng protesters go on the rampage
It’s understood frustrations first arose due to a lack of employment in the area.
JOHANNESBURG - Less than 24 hours after Botleng residents torched ANC offices near Delmas, Mpumalanga police say community members have once again gone on the rampage.
During unrest on Wednesday, a 17-year-old was shot and wounded during clashes between foreign nationals and locals.
It's understood frustrations first arose due to a lack of employment in the area, with residents complaining that local mining companies were hiring outsiders at the expense of locals.
But demonstrators are now reportedly venting their anger at the local mayor.
It is unknown whether additional grievances have driven the latest protests with the police refusing to speculate.
Officers say residents demanded to see the mayor but when she arrived, community members chased her away.
Police spokesperson Leonard Hlathi says, "They [protesters] didn't heed the call we gave them. They then turned violent and there were people that incited the others. We are currently busy dealing with the situation at the scene."
At least 10 suspected ringleaders were arrested while two more were detained for attempted murder, authorities confirmed on Thursday.
During his State of the Nation address in Parliament on Thursday, President Jacob Zuma expressed concerns over the violent nature of protests.
He says these demonstrations aren't simply the result of government's failures but also its success in delivering basic services, meaning those who are still in line come to expect more than is yet possible.