Over one hundred appear in court for rioting

Over one hundred appear in court for rioting

More than a hundred people are appearing in court in the northern KwaZulu-Natal town of Paulpietersburg. 

Over one hundred appear in court for public violence

They were arrested for public violence, malicious damage to property, arson and assault - following days of violent service delivery protests there.

This resident says the protests have caused major disruptions in the area.

"On Tuesday there were some arrests, on Wednesday the strike and marching continued - the burning of tyres and the burning of the wood that was being transported."

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"The entire town was shut down, the banks and garages were closed because it was escalating."

KZN police say an officer was seriously hurt when he was struck by a rock thrown by protesters.

They say shops were looted and municipal buildings and police vehicles damaged.

Provincial Commissioner, Khombinkosi Jula has condemned the violence and says officers will always act decisively where there are violent protests in the province.

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