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15 arrested after riot in Ladybrand

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The police arrested 15 people on charges of public violence and contravening the National Road Traffic Act after roads were blocked and tires burned in Ladybrand.

Tania Halse, DA councilor of the Mantsopa municipality, said that the police were apparently struggling to keep the protesters out of town on Tuesday.

“Reinforcements are expected. It is also reported that groups are forming around the town. ”

One of the reasons for the protest was that Thembeni Nxangisa, MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), apparently had not yet complied with the demands in an earlier grievance.

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