No one arrested over protests

The protest at Blybank on Friday. Photo: Facebook.
The protest at Blybank on Friday. Photo: Facebook.

The police in Carletonville this week confirmed that no one had been arrested over any of the recent service related
protests in the area.
On Tuesday, 7 November the road that leads from Welverdiend to Deelkraal up to the P111 was blocked by protesters, who also blocked the road to Welverdiend at the railway crossing later the day.
As far as could be determined, the protest related to a new building project in the area.
Residents of Welverdiend have had to use a lot of alternative roads recently, with especially the road past Extension
5 being blocked by protesters almost every week. While some of the protests related to especially electricity
problems in Extension 5, some people also protested over issues related to the other new housing development
taking place just over the canal from 17th Street.
In the meantime, emergency services personnel had their hands full last Friday on the Bank Road, which leads
past Rooipoort and Blybank and is used by many people when they drive to Randfontein.
Blybank residents who were unhappy about the fact that their electricity had been down for days blocked this
road with burning tires and rocks and pelted vehicles and even trains with stones.
On Tuesday, the communication officer for the police in Carletonville, Warrant Officer Peter Masooa, confirmed
that no-one had been arrested by the police in connection with any of the recent protests.
The Herald heard allegations though that four people were arrested in connection with the Extension 5 protests.
“They were arrested on charges of intimidation and we believe that it is politically motivated,” a community member
close to those who were arrested told the Herald.
“There was a cable fault at the Blybank caused by overloading. The Electrical Department repaired the fault after
the residents allowed them to enter Blybank to address the problem,” a municipal spokesperson answered
when asked about last Friday’s Blybank protest.


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