Service delivery protest turns violent in the Free State
Protesters at Marquard and Moemaneng have set alight a vehicle and damaged another during protests, Free State police said today.
Captain Phumelelo Dhlamini said a group of people started to gather and block roads with stones and burning tyres at 7pm last night.
During the protest, one person was injured and a municipal vehicle was damaged.
Dhlamini said the R708 between Clocolan and Marquard was also blocked with stones. A vehicle on this road was set alight by a group of people. Police urged all motorists to use alternative roads.
Dhlamini said police were monitoring the situation and that re-inforcements were on their way.
It was not immediate clear why the protest started, however residents have previously protested against a lack of water and other aspects of service delivery.
About 20 people were arrested in July for public violence and for looting foreign-owned shops in town and in the informal settlement after handing a memorandum to the Setsoto local municipality.