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Mangaung protests continue, looters attack spaza shops [video]

Andile Sicetsha - 18.05.2021

Mangaung protests have continued on Tuesdaya nd police are warning motorists to avoid these 15 roads.

The Mangaung protests have carried over into Tuesday and tensions in the Bloemfontein township have not waivered.

Mangaung protests: Road closures and areas to avoid

A day after a 15-year-old boy was shot and killed in the midst of the demonstrations, residents of Mangaung have decided to continue with their protests, calling for the disbandment of the metro’s council.

On Tuesday, an air of uncertainty hovered over Mangaung. Small groups have gathered at certain locations and the message on the ground is very clear: The service delivery unrest will continue and spread to other informal areas in Bloemfontein.

Police have issued a warning to motorists and public transit commuters against travelling in and around the following roads:

  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).
  15. Meadows Road near Klawer – (Bloemspruit area).

Watch: Looters attack spaza shops

Free State police spokesperson Brigadier Motantsi Makhele indicated, in a statement, that emergency services and traffic officials have been blocked off from entering the township to provide aid to those who are not part of the protest action.

This spaza shop, for instance, was left exposed without assistance from law enforcement officers when it was attacked by looters.

At the time this article was published, roads were barricaded with burning tyres and rubble, and tensions were still palpable in Mangaung.