Salga calls for peaceful and lawful protests in Mangaung

Since the start of the week, people have taken to the streets over service delivery. Demonstrators looted shops owned by foreign nationals, while some were seriously damaged. There were other protests in areas like Soutpan, Dewetsdorp and Zastron.

Mangaung residents took to the streets on 17 May 2021, blocking at least 15 roads across the metro. Picture: Twitter screengrab/@PutSAPele.

CAPE TOWN - Police will continue to monitor the Mangaung area in the Free State following protest action.

Since the start of the week, people have taken to the streets over service delivery. According to police, the area was now calm.

A group called the Mangaung Community Concern has called for the disbandment of the local council and the immediate dismissal of the city manager.

In Bloemfontein, healthcare workers were also being intimidated by protesters.

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Demonstrators looted shops owned by foreign nationals, while some were seriously damaged. There were other protests in areas like Soutpan, Dewetsdorp and Zastron.

The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has also raised concern over the violence.

"We are appealing to residents to engage in peaceful and lawful protest and we are discouraging the looting of shops and small businesses around Mangaung," said Salga's Thabang Sikisi.

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