Smithfield protesters released on warning

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Duane Petrus – Thirteen people who were arrested for public violence during protests in that started on Monday in Smithfield have been released on warning.

Police spokesperson, Yanga Ngukana, says the protesters blocked the N3 road through the town with burning tyres, rocks and garbage.

The also blocked the entrance to the Mafulatshepe township and resorted to nearby mountains to evade police captivity.

The residents allegedly had an agreement with the Mohokare municipality that they would be consulted first if positions there had to be filled.

Recent appointments without the residents’ consultation allegedly sparked the protests.

Ngcukana says the situation is currently calm and under control, and that the municipality is busy addressing the community.

The 11 women and two men who were released will appear in the Rouxville magistrate court again on 27 September.