Disgruntled #Brandfort residents protest #BrandfortWaterCrisis

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Free State police have confirmed that no arrests have yet been made in protests in Brandfort.

This after disgruntled residents barricaded the R30 road outside the small town with rocks and burning tyres to protest ongoing water interruptions. The community has been without water for nearly three weeks due to a damaged pipeline.

Police spokesperson, Ikobeng Hlubi, told OFM News no injuries have been reported and a case has not been registered with local police relating to the protest. Hlubi says police are closely monitoring the situation.

Yesterday, Member of the Brandfort Forum, Koos Van Wyk told OFM News electricity was restored to the town following a power outage that left the community in the dark due to cable theft. While electricity has since been restored, the small town remains without water. Local authorities said public order police are currently on the scene to monitor the situation.

Motorists are currently being diverted away from the R 30.

The near three-week-long water crisis in Brandfort was brought under the spotlight during two memorial services held for late anti-apartheid struggle stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela by the provincial government and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) this week.

Madikizela-Mandela was exiled to the Free State town for nearly a decade. Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, Siyabonga Cwele was one of several speakers who criticised the lack of basic services in the town, calling the water crisis “shameful”.