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11 Protesters arrested for public violence

Media Statement
South African Police Service
Office of the Provincial Commissioner Free State

BLOEMFONTEIN - Earlier today, members of Mangaung Concerned Community blocked De Villiers Street with vehicles and collected rubbish from bins in the vicinity and littered around the surface leading to Bram Fischer Building housing the Mangaung Metro Municipality management and administration staff. The group also used stones and bricks to block the street.

Bloemfontein Public Order Police Unit members arrived at the scene and the operational commander warned the group at about 08:00 to open the street within a given time upon which they refused. The instruction was given to disperse the crowd and effect arrests at about 09:00. Stun grenades were used and 9 males and 2 females were arrested.

A case docket of Public violence; contravention of Gatherings Act and Road Traffic Act was opened at Parkweg Police Station. The representative of Mangaung Metro Municipality management also reported incidents of malicious damage to property inside Bram Fischer building. The motor vehicles which were used to block the street are being impounded by the police. The arrested eleven protesters will appear in Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on Friday, 25 March 2022.


Lieutenant Colonel Thabo Covane
082 461 7473 or 082 757 2233.