Koppies protestors blockade R82

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SABRINA DEAN – Twenty-eight people are expected to appear in the Koppies Magistrate’s Court today on charges of public violence after they allegedly attacked foreign owned shops in the area this week.
Police spokesperson Peter Kareli says the unrest began on Tuesday when protestors demanded answers from the municipality on service delivery issues. He says when no answers were forthcoming, protesters started looting shops owned by foreigners.
Kareli says 23 people were arrested on Tuesday and another five yesterday. He says they will all appear in court today.
Meanwhile motorists travelling on the R82 between Koppies and Sasolburg have been urged to proceed with caution as protestors attempt to barricade the road this morning.
Kareli says the community started gathering in the early hours of the morning and are currently still making their way towards Koppies. “They are starting to block that road, the R82 that links Sasolburg and Koppies.
“Motorists using that road must use it with caution because there might be people throwing stones at passing vehicles,” he says.