Monday, 17 May
Bloemfontein: The police spent most of the night patrolling points that participants in the protest action and planned shutdown targeted to block in order to disturb the normal movement of people between their places of residence and work place.
The following points were blocked with burning tyres, stones and debris:
- 1. George Lubbe Road, near Power Station – (Mangaung Area);
- 2. Moshoeshoe Road, from Action Garage till Kenworth Spar – (Mangaung Area);
- 3. Taelo Moloisiwa Road at the cross of Mafora and Dinaweng – (Kagisanong Area);
- 4. Makoane Street – (Kagisanong Area);
- 5. Moshoeshoe Road near Shoprite Center – (Kagisanong Area);
- 6. Tau Street, Phase Two, near K.K Tarven – (Kagisanong Area);
- 7. Dr Belchor Road, near Engen Garage – (Heidedal Area);
- 8. Old Thaba Nchu Road, first entrance of Grassland – (Bloemspruit Area);
- 9. Maphisa road – (Mangaung area);
- 10. Cross near Atang school – (Kopanong area);
- 11. N6 road and southpark cemetery – (Kagisanong area);
- 12. Lengau testing centre;
- 13. Cross of Mothibi street and Singonzo street;
- 14. Dewetsdorp road from Highway Supply complex – (Bloemspruit area); and
- 15. Meadows road near Klawer – (Bloemspruit area).
Protestors were warned near Fauna, enroute to Lourierpark and they were using a white bakkie.
So far, seven (7) suspects have been arrested and will appear in Bloemfontein Magistrate court soon for public violence.
Motorists and commuters are urged to exercise caution and be vigilant as they drive to work this morning. A number of police officers are on the ground so as to monitor the situation and ensure the safety of people within Mangaung.
The community is urged to call the police emergency number 10111 to report any suspicious activities.