WATCH | Protesters set post office alight in Kroonstad - 60 arrested

11 April 2019 - 13:45 By IAVAN PIJOOS
The Lengau post office branch in Moekeng, Kroonstad, has been damaged in community protests and has had to be closed. Customers are requested to use the branches in Kroonstad town and Kroonheuwel branches in the meantime.
The Lengau post office branch in Moekeng, Kroonstad, has been damaged in community protests and has had to be closed. Customers are requested to use the branches in Kroonstad town and Kroonheuwel branches in the meantime.
Image: SA POST OFFICE

Violence erupted after protesters set alight a post office at Kroonstad in the Free State on Thursday.

Police spokesperson Captain Stephen Thakeng said that people known as the "Concerned Group" went on the rampage in Maokeng at about 6am.

He said protesters had barricaded roads with burning tyres and rocks.

"They are complaining about service delivery and high unemployment in Maokeng," Thakeng said.

Two vehicles which belonged to the municipality were also torched. Protesters smashed windows at the local municipal offices.

"They were targeting the municipality offices but with our intervention, they couldn't succeed so they resorted to the two cars parked inside the yard," Thakeng said.

There were no immediate reports of shops being looted.

He said more than 60 people had been arrested for public violence.

"We are in large numbers patrolling and maintaining law and order in Maokeng."


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