Freestate police have arrested six suspects and are still monitoring the situation in and around various parts of Harrismith near the N3, Tshiame, Khalanyoni and Makgolokweng Village following the unpredictable violent protests that broke out in the region this week.

SAPS regional spokesperson, Brigadier Motantsi Makhele said protests broke out again last night, following violent protests that public order police had to quell earlier in the day. 

Makhele said a total of six people were arrested at the start of a violent protest on the N3 during which the road was barricaded with rocks and burning tyres which were later removed. 

“The protesters were also throwing petrol bombs towards the on passing traffic and police,”Makhele said.

Makhele said the suspects will be expected to appear before Harrismith Magistrate court on Friday, 17 June 2021.

“Some of the protesters were carrying old corrugated iron sheets used as shields approaching police on the road,” Makhele said.

“The N3 was closed for a while for safety of motorists. Later the police managed to disperse the protestors and the road was opened again,” Makhele said.

Makhele said other incidents were later reported during which protestors threw a petrol bomb at a truck on the N3. The fire department managed to quell the flames.

“The situation is very tense in and around Harrismith. We are warning motorists to be vigilant when approaching N3 and N5 road towards Harrismith,” Makhele. 


Presh JM Reporter

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