eMzinoni protest brings town to a standstill
It is alleged that the residents are protesting in solidarity with the community members who were arrested for public violence in the Mpumalanga town last week.
Protesters block roads leading in and out of eMzinoni. Photo supplied by eMzinoni Police.
All roads in and out of eMzinoni, Mpumalanga have been blocked since Monday morning, reports Ridge Times.
The riots began on Sunday night, and it is alleged that the residents are protesting in solidarity with the community members who were arrested for public violence.
The residents want their members to be released and the alleged gangs denied bail.
The protesters are expected to picket at the Bethal Magistrate’s Court.
Constable Cynthia Mtsweni urged motorists to avoid using roads leading to eMzinoni.
Reports indicate that many schools in the area also closed on Monday, and many residents were unable to get to work.
The latest update received from Ridge Times reports that protesters have left the CBD and are now gathering at the township entrances.
Morgenzon Road and the R38 Standerton road are still no-go zones, and tyres are being burnt.
It is also alleged that protesters started a veld fire.