Gauteng and NW Province

9 in court after protest over water

May 10 2012 at 02:42pm

Nine protesters appeared in the Bushbuckridge Magistrate’s Court yesterday on charges of public violence and arson.

Mpumalanga police spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Leonard Hlathi said they each received R1 000 bail and the matter was postponed to May 31. “Two minors were arrested on Monday, but they have since been released into the custody of their parents,” he said.

On Monday, protesters in Lilydale burnt municipal offices and a grader. They were unhappy that their drinking water had been found unfit for human consumption.

According to the Blue Drop Report, the water of 14 municipalities, including Bushbuckridge, did not meet government standards. –


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